Call senators about retiree health care changes

Act now: Finance Committee closing in on final budget proposal

As the Senate Finance Committee continues work on its version of the budget, state retiree health care has remained a major concern. This concern was not alleviated by the committee’s vote this week along party lines to adopt a plan that still raises health care costs for many state retirees.

There’s still time to make a difference, so we need you to contact your senator and the members of the Finance Committee.

The plan adopted by the Senate Finance Committee is the same one the House Finance Committee approved. It would exempt some retirees—those who were born before Jan. 1, 1949 —from paying a premium for health insurance. However, drawing such a line would mean someone could miss being exempted if they were born on Jan. 1, 1949 instead of Dec. 31, 1948. The plan may be an improvement from Gov. Chris Sununu’s proposal, but it still places an unnecessary burden on state retirees.

Many of you have made calls and sent emails, but we need to keep the pressure up. We need you to reach out to the members of the Senate Finance Committee, as well as your own senator, as soon as possible. Tell them the state must keep its promise to the retirees who worked for decades in service of their state. Putting the burden of rising health care costs on fixed-income seniors isn’t only unfair, it’s just plain wrong.

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