Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has introduced a new bill, S.1651, that would repeal both the GPO and the WEP. This bill will be a companion to Rodney Davis’ House bill, HR 973. We are delighted to see this! We have been waiting for this bill for months. We want to thank him and the other 11 Senators who have signed on as original sponsors.
Dear TRB Health Plan Member:
The Teachers’ Retirement Board (TRB) changed our prescription plan and our Pharmacy Benefit Manager January 1, 2015. If you have claims from 2014 that you purchased at an out of network pharmacy and have not previously submitted them for reimbursement, you need to submit your claim with Caremark immediately to be considered for reimbursement. If you used an in network pharmacy or mail service for your prescriptions prior to January 1, 2015, there is nothing further you need to do at this time.
A large group of SFCRTA’s retirees gathered on April 7 at St. Mary’s Church hall in Norwalk for an informative Power Point presentation led by Benjamin Rhodes III, a Social Security specialist for the CT area. Mr. Rhodes gave a comprehensive review of the current Social Security laws which unfortunately impact adversely on CT teachers as well as teachers in fourteen other states. The laws in question are the GPO (Government Pension Offset) and WEP (Windfall Elimination Provision.) The GPO affects members who apply for spousal benefits based on their husband’s or wife’s work record. The WEP affects members who apply for their own SS benefits based on their own work. In both of these laws, benefits are eliminated or reduced unless certain exceptions are satisfied. (A more in-depth explanation is readily available on the internet.) There are bills pending in Congress to end this injustice. Senator Blumenthal, our own CT senator has not signed on to the Senate bill.
Mr. Rhodes took part in a lively exchange with members regarding these provisions. His explanation and responses were forthright but only helped to emphasize the fact that any change in these provisions can only take place with legislative action and support from those of us who are affected by these laws. If you care, call or write your congressman/congresswoman and work for action to repeal the GPO and WEP.
Southern Fairfield County Retired Teachers
Tuesday, April 7 @10:00 a.m.
Parish Hall St. Mary’s Church
West Avenue, Norwalk, CT
Parking Lot entrance on Chapel Street
Speaker: Benjamin Rhodes, III
Social Security Administration
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Feb 28, 2015
Letters to the Editor
Repeal this unfair Act
To the Editor:
Definitely time for a change in the way Congress deals with Social Security.
During the President Reagan Administration a uni-lateral decision by Congress in 1983 was adopted to take away: 60 percent of the Social Security pension for some government workers and all public school teachers in America who were on a public school pension as well.
Evidently they assumed that lf you receive a public school pension, there is no need to receive your Social Security pension? To receive your Social Security pension one must work at least 40 quarters to qualify with Social Security withdrawn from your earnings. If you worked for this benefit, then you should receive your retirement benefit at 100 percent of the time and percentage that the government has taken from your earnings.
As a retired public school teacher under his 1983 Social Security Windfall Act by Congress, you will receive only 40 percent. This, of course, is not only unfair, but unAmerican. Do you think any Congress member would be satisfied with only 40 percent of their retirement pension? This, of course, is legalized stealing, which is still in effect presently.
There are some members of Congress who do indeed feel that this act should be recinded immediately, but not enough to create the elimination of the 1983 Social Security Windfall Act. No one is asking for a free lunch; just what they have paid for.
A./. Senese, Jr.Darien