The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will consider the postal reform bill today (7/12/16). The committee meeting, or “markup,” was scheduled for 2 p.m. NARFE opposes the bill as drafted because it would force current postal retirees, their spouses and survivors to enroll in Medicare Part B or forfeit the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program coverage they earned as a benefit of years of employment. NARFE was seeking an opt-out period for retirees in order to preserve their ability to choose their health care coverage. Check the NARFE website, www.narfe.org, for updates later today. NARFE’s letter to the Committee in advance of the markup can be found here.

Later in the week, the House Committee on Ways and Means is scheduled to consider the WEP reform bill, H.R. 711. The WEP reduces the earned Social Security benefits of individuals who also worked in jobs not covered by Social Security, including federal employees under the Civil Service Retirement System as well as many state and municipal government employees. NARFE supports the bill because it would help mitigate the WEP penalty by providing some relief for both current beneficiaries, through a rebate, and future Social Security recipients by improving the WEP formula going forward.