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HSTA-Retired sets Legislative Priorities for 2012

August 13, 2011

2012 Legislative Priorities of HSTA- Retired

                             Retirement Issues

_ Support legislation to allow the pensions of public employees to keep up with the cost of living

_ Support the preservation of current level of retiree benefits.

_ Support the improvement of retiree benefits

_ Support retired teachers who choose to participate in the Department of Education’s Substitute Teacher Program.

                                                           Health Issues

_ Support legislation to allows Bargaining Unit 05 members and retirees to participate in a VEBA Trust

_ Support the preservation of health care benefits for retired public employees

_ Support the improvement of health care benefits for retired public employees.

_ Support proposals to lower the cost of prescription drugs

                                                Education Issues

_ Support legislation to adequately fund Hawaii’s public schools.

_ Support teachers and their commitment to the improvement of public education

_ Support legislation to:

_ Provide for an accountability system that takes into account the unique needs of individual students

_ Help reduce class size and modernize school facilities

                                                                 Federal Issues

_ Support National Health Reform legislation to make affordable health care available to all Americans.

_ Support the repeal two Social Security provisions :

_ Government Pension Offset (1977)

_ Windfall Elimination Provisions (1983)

_ Support work of maintenance and proper funding the Social Security and Medicare programs

_ Support the opposition to the privatization of Social Security and Medicare

_ Support proposals which will allow approved drugs to be imported under federal supervision

_ Support NEA’s recommendations for the ESEA reauthorization bill

_ Support proposals for long-range national energy policies to reduce dependence on foreign sources of energy

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Tanya permalink
    August 14, 2011 12:01 pm

    There sure are a lot of very important issues.
    Thank you for the information.

  2. Art Murchison permalink
    August 14, 2012 2:48 pm

    My wife and I are moving to Sacramento CA. I have been told by EUTF that they will not cover my Kaiser medical Senior Advantage plan at Kaiser in Sacramento as they have for Kaiser Hawaii. They said I (and my wife) would be covered in CA if I was a HMSA client but not as a Kaiser patient. Is this true?! Anyone with experience with this please contact me.
    Art Murchison

    • August 24, 2012 8:12 pm

      I sent your question to our HSTA-R president and he is requesting more info such as who you spoke with at EUTF

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