Retiree Health Care Hearing Bill Passes

SB 388 Headed to Governor’s Desk for Signature

On Wednesday, the House approved SB 388, which requires a public hearing when the joint fiscal committee is considering changes to health care for retired state employees. The bill now heads to Gov. Hassan’s desk for signature.

Just last winter, retirees packed hearing rooms and were forced to simply sit and listen as legislators on the fiscal committee made costly changes to their health care. This bill may not give retirees a vote, but it certainly gives them a voice.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Director John Amrol said his fellow retirees worked hard to get this bill passed and this is a great victory for them.

“It gives us a voice when changes are going to be made,” he said. “We’ll be able to give some input, where before we were lucky if we could get through to them on the phone. Now they’ll have to hear what we have to say in a public hearing, and I think that’s very important.”

As noted above, this is a victory for state retirees, and it wouldn’t have gotten this far without their emails and phone calls to legislators. We’d also like to thank all the legislators who supported this bill, particularly the chief sponsor, Sen. Dan Feltes.

SB 388 will take effect 60 days after passage. You can read the full text here.

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