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retiree health care costs.
During the past decade, there have been rising
concerns about the unfunded liabilities created by the
factors, including age and years of service.
President Anne Wass and included representatives of
retiree health insurance.
That the MTA Board of Directors affirms
support of the recommendations of the Special
Commission to Study Retiree Healthcare and
Other Non-Pension Benefits as set forth in the
Special Commission’s January 11, 2013, report.
MTA will support legislation that mirrors or
improves the recommendations contained in the
report. If legislation is proposed which departs
significantly from the recommendations contained
in the report, and to the detriment of MTA
members, the leadership will consult again with
the Board of Directors.
“As people live longer and the cost of health
insurance has skyrocketed, the unfunded liability for
big strain on cities and states across the country, and
to advocate for changes to it.
A response to liabilities
accounting rules are forcing public entities to set
creditable service to be eligible for health insurance
years of creditable service.
Be it resolved that MTA shall work to modify
legislation that would adversely affect MTA
members’ health care coverage upon retirement,
including changes to the minimum eligibility
age, years of service required, and/or percentage
of premiums to be paid. The MTA shall fight to
improve the legislation filed by Governor Patrick
entitled “An Act Providing Retiree Healthcare
The MTA Annual Meeting of Delegates hereby
instructs the leadership to:
n Publish this resolution on the website and in
MTA Today accompanied by a clear explanation
of the legislation’s specific provisions.
n Notify every local president of this resolution
and encourage them to organize their members
to contact legislators to improve the current
n Communicate the MTA’s intent to improve the
current proposed legislation via a letter to every
n Direct the MTA Government Relations
Division to work to improve the current proposed
Certain categories of members
in graduate school for so long they are unlikely to
service per year.