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Retiree skewers subcommittee for possible change in benefits

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

A retiree’s voice broke as she recounted to the SEBC Retiree Benefits Subcommittee on Friday what it would mean for her health coverage to change. “About 10 days ago, my husband was diagnosed with cancer,” Diana Noonan said in the Zoom call. “He had scheduled for surgery next week. And the word cancer is daunting, and it’s also been frightening, …

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Retiree benefits subcommittee digs into Medicare concerns

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

The state has a variety of ways to lower what it’s paying for retiree healthcare, a new benefits subcommittee was told Thursday. For current workers, they include: Cutting benefits for current employees by doing things like reducing benefits for spouses. Changing benefits given to people who worked for the state but didn’t retire with the state. Establishing a minimum age …

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Adding retirees to health panels passes Senate

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

Despite vehement opposition from a state retirees’ group, a bill that would add retirees to committees that help determine health care options overwhelmingly passed the Senate Wednesday, just moments after it had cleared a committee hearing. Voting against it were three Republican senators. Senate Bill 29, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, would give retirees a voice by …