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NARFE told feds won't increase Medicare B

The Oskaloosa Independent of Oskaloosa, Kansas

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The Jefferson County Chapter of National Association of Federal and Retired Employees met Oct. 20 with guest speaker Lindsey Younger, Blue Cross Blue Shield representative for federal health benefits.

Younger gave detailed information on the options, premiums, and changes for federal employees and retirees being offered by BCBS.

Everyone received a tote bag with all the information included.

The open enrollment season this year is Nov. 9 through Dec. 14 to make changes to health care plans.

Sharon Stevens suggested members contact their representatives and senators to express disapproval that some federal retirees will pay a substantial increase in Medicare B premiums if Congress doesn't pass legislation to keep their premiums the same as retirees on Social Security.

(Update to this issue as of Oct. 30, NARFE President Richard G. Thissen reported: "Congressional leaders and the administration announced they had reached a budget agreement that will fund the federal government for the next two years (FY 2016 and 2017). The budget includes a compromise fix, supported by NARFE, that addressed the projected 52 percent increase in 2016 Medicare Part B premiums for 30 percent of beneficiaries, including many federal retirees who do not receive Social Security benefits. Thirteen thousand NARFE members who contacted their legislators over the past few months on the Medicare Part B premium increase, coupled with NARFE lobbying on Capitol Hill, undoubtedly made a difference," he said.

President Ethel Jenkins presided. Joan O'Shea gave the invocation.

There were 37 members and guests present. David Manthe gave the treasurer's report. Election of officers will be held at the November meeting. The next meeting is Nov. 17. John and Shirley Tripp will provide the dessert.

— Joyce Brown, acting secretary, and Sharon Stevens, public relations chairman

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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