Chapter President - Susan Ruble
I am asking for your help. Our chapter will be taking our summer break and we’re hoping that you can devote a few free minutes to something very important – your wallet. And, if your wallet is not affected, the NARFE friend sitting next to you is affected.
House of Representative Bill, H.R. 711 – Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act of 2015 must be moved through Congress with 218 co-sponsors/votes. A majority of NARFE’s membership is among the more than two million Social Security Beneficiaries impacted by the unfair Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO). HR 711 would help mitigate the WEP penalty by providing an improved formula. You may not ever see 100% of Social Security Benefits due you, but HR 711 could provide a fairer amount up to 50%.
Here is how you can help: Call Curt Clawson
Washington Office - Phone (202) 225-2536 Cape Coral Office -- Phone (239) 573-5837
Email: clawson.house.gov Info toolbar at the top of the page, look far right “contact curt.”
It is time for this to happen. H.R. 711 needs to pass.
Here is what I say in my emails or on the phone: “I am asking you to support H.R. 711. Affected individuals lost up to $413 per month in Social Security benefits in 2015. This is not a gift. We worked for this money and it is being withheld from us. This bill would be a fairer formula.”
You can also use the NARFE.ORG website. There is a prepared statement under the “legislation page” which is a very easy way to direct email to your congressman.
Please do something – we need this to happen.
SECRETARY, EDIE WOLFLEY
As always, we strive to have interesting and informative speakers at every NARFE meeting.
We are working on the line up of speakers and for MAY we have hit a home run. Our speaker will be Angle Duncan, representing Dr. Frederick Schaerf working at the Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida. This center is running an Alzheimer's Disease trial (MK-7622-012). Ms Duncan will detail how the trial evaluation works and how progress is being made.
LEGISLATION - Sharon Bowman
NARFE Expresses Views on Social Security Fairness in Advance of Hearing
Alexandria, VA – The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) sent a statement for the record to the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee in advance of its hearing, “Social Security and Public Servants: Ensuring Equal Treatment,” held on March 22 at 10 a.m. A majority of NARFE’s membership is among the more than two million Social Security beneficiaries impacted by the unfair Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO). The hearing will examine these provisions and reform efforts.
"These unfair provisions cost more than two million retirees thousands of dollars each year in Social Security benefits, solely as a result of their government employment. They serve as a thankless reminder that our nation continues to undervalue public service. They should both be repealed,” NARFE President Richard G. Thissen stated in the Association’s written statement.
There are approximately 615,000 beneficiaries currently affected by the GPO. In addition to Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) annuitants, the GPO affects thousands of state and municipal retirees, as well as teachers and police whose work is not covered by Social Security. Of those affected by the GPO, 44 percent are widows or widowers, and 81 percent are women.
As of December 2014, the WEP affected 1,623,795 beneficiaries, including 1,506,792 retired workers, 16,613 disabled workers, and 100,390 spouses and children. In 2015, affected individuals can lose up to $413.00 per month in Social Security benefits from the WEP (almost $5,000 per year). In addition to CSRS federal annuitants, the WEP affects thousands of state and municipal retirees, as well as teachers and police whose work is not covered by Social Security.
NARFE long has supported full repeal of both the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset, which unfairly punishes workers and their spouses and survivors for receiving an annuity from non-Social Security-covered employment in addition to their Social Security benefits. Legislation to this end (H.R. 973/S.1651 in the 114th Congress) has seen little movement in Congress.
Legislation, H.R. 973, was introduced in the House by Rep. Rodney Davis, R-IL. has 145 cosponsors.
Legislation H.R 711 was introduced in the House by Rep. Brady Kevin, R-TX has 85 cosponsors.
NARFE will never stop trying to get this fair Legislation enacted.
Marco Rubio (R) 1-202-224-3041 http://rubio.senate.gov
REPRESENTATIVE TELEPHONE FAX EMAIL
Thomas Rooney (D17) 1- 202-225-3001
Curt Clawson (R19) 1-202-225-2536
CHAPTER 0254 ELECTED OFFICERS FOR 2016
NARFE Florida Supports Alzheimer’s Research
For years NARFE Headquarters has shared the statistics on Alzheimer’s disease:
Yet many Americans, including some members of Congress, still don’t know that Alzheimer’s takes a devastating financial toll - not just on those with the disease, but on families and the economy.
Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America, costing an estimated $236 billion in 2016. By mid-century the costs are projected to more than quadruple to $1.1 trillion, with two-thirds of these costs paid by Medicare and Medicaid. While Congress recently provided critically needed additional funding for Alzheimer’s research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the commitment still falls far short of the need. For every $100 that the NIH spends on Alzheimer’s research, Medicare and Medicaid spend $16,000 caring for those with the disease. Urge Congress to continue its commitment to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by increasing funding for Alzheimer’s research by at least an additional $400 million in fiscal year 2017.
Through money collected at our monthly meetings as well as the donation can at the Smoke n Pit restaurant, we have donated over $200 this past year to Alzheimer’s research.
MEMBERSHIP: Sharon Bowman
Total NARFE Membership: 230,355 Total NARFE Chapters: 1,245
Fort Myers Chapter: 114 voting members 5 National Life Members
SERVICE OFFICER - Emma & Joe Valla
The NARFE Chapter 0254 Service Officer provides emotional support and assistance to the family on the loss of their loved ones. A booklet “Be Prepared for Life’s Events’ is available to help plan for this trying time for the survivors.
IN MEMORIAM (into memory)
Norma M. Walker
See you in September!
Dates to Remember – Next Chapter Meeting - September 12, 2016 Walk to end Alzheimer’s – October 29, 2016 NARFE Alzheimer’s Cruise – January 14-21, 2017
Dates to Remember –
Next Chapter Meeting - September 12, 2016
Walk to end Alzheimer’s – October 29, 2016
NARFE Alzheimer’s Cruise – January 14-21, 2017
HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE NEXT CHAPTER MEETING
Meet with your fellow Federal retirees and help us build a stronger Chapter and let our elected Senators and Representative know NARFE is watching them. After the meeting we have lunch. The Smoke'n Pit has some great food and lots of it.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q Why should I attend the monthly Chapter meeting?
A Supporting our Chapter by attending our monthly meeting is a way of keeping NARFE strong.
A strong NARFE helps to ensure that what we worked for will not be bargained away or reduced like so many other
programs Congress has looked at.
Q What happens at these meeting?
A At each meting we usually have a guest speaker. Our speaker's subject material is usually issues important to the group.
Q Can I learn anything?
A By attending the monthly meeting you will learn about future legislations that Congress is proposing.
Knowing in advance what Congress is proposing, we can lobby Congress like the big companies do, and have our
Representative and Senators support us.
Q How long are the meeting?
A Meetings start at 10:30 A.M. and run about an hour to an hour and a half. After the meeting we have lunch. The Smoke'n
Pit food is very good and reasonable priced.
Q How about FUN at these meeting?
A Depending on the time of year, we plan our Christmas party or a summer outing. This past summer our Chapter went on
the BIG M casino boat, The weather was perfect and so was the buffet.
Q What else takes place at the meeting?
A Chapter meetings are A VALUABLE source of important information - What next year's COLA will be, What is going on in Congress on legislations that will effect NARFE Members (Florida has 165,000 annuitants) and any events that need immediate action such as phone calls, email, or letters to Representatives.
Attending the meetings will also give you a chance to meet other Federal retirees and participate in a worth while
cause, protecting your retirement check.