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       BILL KADEREIT

PRESIDENT'S FORUM

Report Calls for More Disclosures in Lump Sum Offers

Gaining more disclosure for retirees by pension plan sponsors who offer a lump sum buyout to replace lifetime pension benefits has been an objective of the NRLN. U.S. Representative Sander Levin (MI-09), the Ranking Member on the House Ways and Means Committee, has announced that at his request the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report that lays out recommendations to ensure that pension plan participants have better information when offered lump sums. The report presents recommendations for the Departments of Labor (DoL) and Treasury, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and pension plans.

On behalf of the more than 2 million retirees represented by the NRLN and our 10,525 grassroots advocates in Michigan, I have sent a letter to Congressman Levin thanking him for his efforts and that of retired California Congressman George Miller that resulted in the GAO’s report.

Congressman Levin recognizes that pension plan de-risking through lump-sum buyout offers and the conversion of pensions to annuities purchased from insurance companies is of great concern to workers and retirees. His statement in his office’s news release was right on target that, “Plan participants must have all the information they need to make an informed decision about the long-term impact of a lump sum payment instead of a defined benefit on their retirement.”

In my letter to Congressman Levin, I cited this example. On Wednesday, Feb 3, I was with leaders of the Chrysler, General Motors and Lucent retiree organizations who met with 11 staff members of the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). The purpose of the meeting was to discuss pension plan de-risking and, in particular, Alcatel-Lucent’s announced intension to offer lump sum pension buyouts in 2015. The Lucent retirees expressed their concerns regarding the lack of specific disclosure requirements to fully explain the considerations for accepting or rejecting a lump sum offer and the resulting consequences that need to be considered. Other NRLN leaders from the Detroit Edison Alliance of Retirees (DEAR) attended and expressed the need for greater disclosure by plan sponsors as well. Our members are hopeful that EBSA, DoL, Treasury and the PBGC will act quickly as companies continue their de-risking efforts at a fast pace.

Congressman Levin’s news release noted that additional information from the GAO regarding de-risking strategies is anticipated in the coming months as it pursues its investigation into the trend of companies to de-risk their pension plan liabilities by either offering lump sum payments to plan participants or by transferring those liabilities to private companies who would in turn provide a replacement retirement annuity.

The GAO report, “Private Pensions: Participants Need Better Information When Offered Lump Sums that Replace Their Lifetime Benefits,” is available on GAO’s website http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-74 . It is estimated that nearly 200 pension plan sponsors implemented lump sum offers during 2012, and tens and maybe hundreds more plans were looking to de-risk through lump sum offers in the coming years.

The NRLN will continue to track actions taken by the federal agencies and pension plan sponsors to provide a greater degree of disclosure and protection for retirees. I want to thank those of you who have advocated the NRLN’s position on the need for more disclosures and especially thank the leaders of our organizations in Michigan who have met with Congressman Levin’s staff members the past several years.

Bill Kadereit, President
National Retiree Legislative Network

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Pass Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act of 2015

Prior to a March 31 deadline Congress needs to pass the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act of 2015 (H.R. 775 and S. 539) which would repeal the cap on Medicare outpatient rehabilitation therapy services and speech-language pathology services. Click here to send the NRLN’s sample letter to your Representative and Senators to communicate the urgency for passing the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act of 2015.


Positive News for Medicare Beneficiaries

The NRLN and our grassroots advocates have been lobbying members of Congress for legislative action to eliminate Medicare’s requirement that beneficiaries must be in a hospital as an “inpatient” for three-days to be eligible for skilled nursing facility (SNF) services. Beneficiaries are often unaware that a hospital has admitted them as an “outpatient under observation” status rather than as an “inpatient”. Those admitted as an “outpatient under observation” who later receive SNF services are often surprised when they are billed for the services that Medicare will not cover.

We have some positive news. The powerful House Ways and Means committee has passed H.R. 876 the “Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act” or known as the “Notice Act”. The bill still needs to be passed by the entire House, then the Senate and signed into law by the President. Read more...


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NRLN has introduced a “report card” for each state that shows whether the U.S. Representatives and Senators have supported bills in Congress advocated by the NRLN. Read all about it here.


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Treasury issues reprieve for health law tax errors
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U.S. High Court Hints at New Monitoring Rules for 401(k) Plans
By Greg Stohr; Bloomberg Business ~ Feb 24, 2015

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By Linda Stern; Reuters ~ Feb 24, 2015

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By Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Feb 23, 2015

Obama Administration Disallows Plans Without Hospital Coverage
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By Arthur Allen; Politico ~ Feb 23, 2015

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Opinion: Social Security Could Be In Worse Shape Than We Thought
By Jamie Hopkins ; Forbes ~ Feb 18, 2015

How Insurers Can Hit You With $10,000 Health Care Bills—Even When You're Covered
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Obamacare rescue ruled out by some states, others weigh options
By David Morgan; Reuters ~ Feb 17, 2015

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Dems Brandish New Counterproposal In Social Security Fight: Tax The Rich
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Feds, states extend Obamacare enrollment period for some
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U.S. agency says work to fix problem hampering Obamacare applications
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Millions in health coverage gap seek to avoid tax penalty
By Emily Schmall; The Associated Press ~ Feb 14, 2015

Stiffer Tax Penalties Used to Spur Insurance Enrollment
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Report: Expect Worst IRS Service This Season, but Blame Tax Agency
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HHS To Stop Obamacare Coverage For 200,000 Illegal Aliens
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Charity Tax Breaks Yield Bipartisan Challenge to Obama
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By Dunstan Prial; Fox Business ~ Feb 11, 2015

Yep, Obamacare Costs a Fortune
By Christopher Flavelle; Bloomberg View ~ Feb 11, 2015

Experts warn 2015 could be 'Year of the Healthcare Hack'
By Caroline Humer & Jim Finkle; Reuters ~ Feb 11, 2015

Republicans press to fix Social Security disability program
By Andrew Taylor; The Associated Press ~ Feb 11, 2015

Defined contribution plans doubled asset growth of pensions in 2014
By Rob Kozlowski; Investment News ~ Feb 11, 2015

Will the New Pension World Pass Its Test?
By Terrance Odean; The Wall Street Journal ~ Feb 11, 2015

More Pensions Want to Offload Risk to Insurers
By Timothy W. Martin; The Wall Street Journal ~ Feb 11, 2015

Retirement: 10 ways to live frugally
By Nanci Hellmich; USA TODAY ~ Feb 10, 2015

Four words could bring the law down
By “S.M.” ; The Economist ~ Feb 09, 2015

McConnell: Americans Are About To Get Whacked By Obamacare Taxes
By Rachel Stoltzfoos; The Daily Caller ~ Feb 10, 2015

IRS List: The Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2015
By Internal Revenue Service; NBC 10 ~ Feb 10, 2015

Beyond ‘Repeal And Replace,’ Ideas Emerge To Improve, Simplify Health Law
By Julie Rovner; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 09, 2015

U.S. government says Obamacare subsidies averaging $268 a month
By David Morgan; Reuters ~ Feb 09, 2015

Tax Day Shocker: Obamacare ‘Clawback’ To Hit Some Subsidy Recipients With Huge Tax Bill
By Richard Pollock; The Daily Caller ~ Feb 09, 2015

HealthCare.gov bulks up staffing to meet deadline
By Sarah Ferris; The Hill ~ Feb 09, 2015

Pension plans, once inviolable promises to employees, are getting cut
By Michael A. Fletcher; The Washington Post ~ Feb 09, 2015

Republican senator: ObamaCare replacement may wait until 2017
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 07, 2015

Insured, but Not Covered
By Elisabeth Rosenthal; The New York Times ~ Feb 07, 2015

Medicare preps for natural disasters, power outages
By Elise Viebeck; The Hill ~ Feb 07, 2015

No encryption standard raises health care privacy questions
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Feb 07, 2015

Even as US job market picks up, unemployed face frustration
By Christopher S. Rugaber; The Associated Press ~ Feb 07, 2015

Senators put focus on healthcare data after hack
By Sarah Ferris; The Hill ~ Feb 06, 2015

11 Common Medicare Mistakes
By Kimberly Lankford; Kiplinger ~ Feb 06, 2015

Hackers Who Stole Anthem’s Database Got Names, Birthdates, Social Security Numbers
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 06, 2015

Should You Save More For Retirement Or Pay Off Your Mortgage Early?
By Erik Carter; Forbes ~ Feb 06, 2015

Republicans unveil new ObamaCare replacement plan
By Nick Kalman; Fox News ~ Feb 05, 2015

House Dem wants wider eligibility for ObamaCare tax credit
By Elise Viebeck; The Hill ~ Feb 05, 2015

Medicare Should Split From Health Department, Senator Hatch Says
By Alexander Wayne; Bloomberg Business ~ Feb 05, 2015

Medicare to pay for lung cancer screenings
By Elise Viebeck; The Hill ~ Feb 05, 2015

President Obama’s 2016 budget targets retirement accounts
By Jeffrey Levine; MarketWatch ~ Feb 05, 2015

Verizon retirees appeal pension transfer
By Nick Thornton; BenefitsPro ~ Feb 04, 2015

U.S. health agency says 2015 Obamacare demand ramping up
By Caroline Humer; Reuters ~ Feb 04, 2015

Anxiety over Supreme Court's latest dive into health care
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Feb 04, 2015

The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment
By Jim Clifton; Gallup ~ Feb 04, 2015

House Votes To Repeal Obamacare Yet Again—But This Time It's Different
By Sahil Kapur; Talking Points Memo ~ Feb 03, 2015

Government Blinks Again on Obamacare
By Megan McArdle; Bloomberg View ~ Feb 02, 2015

Specialist Doctors Head for Exit as U.S. Shifts Payments
By Alexander Wayne; Bloomberg ~ Feb 02, 2015

Budget Plan Sees Savings In Changes To Medicare
By Robert Pear; The New York Times ~ Feb 02, 2015

Drug Prices Prompt Obama to Call for Medicare Bargaining Power
By Alexander Wayne; Bloomberg ~ Feb 02, 2015

Why White House disability insurance fix makes sense
By Mark Miller; Reuters ~ Feb 02, 2015

Obama's 10 new taxes
By Kelsey Snell, Kim Dixon & Brian Faler; Politico ~ Feb 02, 2015

Obama Throws Down Gauntlet On Social Security In New Budget
By Dylan Scott; Talking Points Memo ~ Feb 02, 2015

Obama Would Block Strategies to Pump Up Roth IRAs
By Karen Damato; The Wall Street Journal ~ Feb 02, 2015

Obama's Corporate Tax Raid Would Sack the Elderly
By Peter Morici; Newsmax ~ Feb 02, 2015

The Problem With Obama's Plan to Limit Retirement Savings
By Allison Schrager; Bloomberg ~ Feb 02, 2015

Income Layering Helps Retirees Combat Inflation, Adviser Says
By Michelle Brennan Hall; The Wall Street Journal ~ Feb 01, 2015

New rule for plan funding notices
By Marlene Y. Satter; BenefitsPro ~ Feb 02, 2015


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