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Please help NARFE get co-sponsors for Medicare premium bill

from NARFE

NARFE is asking for members' assistance to get cosponsors for bills in the House and Senate that would prevent a 52 percent increase in Medicare premiums next year for millions of seniors, including Civil Service Retirement System retirees.

The bills, filed Oct. 7, are: S. 2148, the Protecting Medicare Beneficiaries Act of 2015, introduced in the Senate by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and its companion bill in the House, H.R. 3696, the Medicare Premium Fairness Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev. These bills would keep Part B premiums at their current rate ($104.90 per month for most) for all Medicare beneficiaries in 2016.

Unless the administration or Congress acts, Medicare Part B premiums are expected to increase by 52 percent in 2016 for 30 percent of Part B beneficiaries – going from $104.90 to $159.30 per month. Among the individuals who would be affected are federal retirees covered by CSRS and who do not receive Social Security benefits.

The remaining 70 percent of Part B beneficiaries are covered by the hold harmless provision of the Social Security law. Under this provision, if there is no Social Security cost-of-living adjustment and Medicare Part B premiums increase, individuals who have their Medicare premiums deducted directly from their Social Security checks are held harmless from the premium increase.

The action letter for NARFE members to send to their senators and representatives, urging them to co-sponsor the recently introduced bills, is available here. more

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