About the NRLN New Mexico Chapter

The NRLN New Mexico Chapter was organized under the NRLN's chapter structure in January 2014. The New Mexico Chapter was originally established to reach out to US West/Qwest/CenturyLink retirees who were members of their retirement organization (TRA/AUSWR-NM), which disbanded.

The NM Chapter also welcomes members from other companies and public entities if they are not already members of an NRLN Association (see Member Associations under “about us” at www.nrln.org .

All NM Chapter members are advocates belonging to the NRLN Grassroots Organization Network. Some NRLN NM Grassroots’ advocates volunteer to become NM Congressional District Leaders and make local visits to their respective Congressional District Offices and sometimes travel to Washington, D.C.

to attend an NRLN “Fly-In”. The purpose of these visits is to educate the members of Congress on the NRLN’s Legislative Agenda (see the Legislative Agenda tab at www.nlrn.org), to make them aware of pendi ng legislation that needs support and provide feedback of their performance (see Grassroots tab on www.nrln.org then click on Congressional Report Cards).

The NRLN New Mexico Chapter Member Benefits:

Sign up to become a member of the NRLN New Mexico Chapter. Note: you may become a chapter member whether you retired from US West, Qwest, CenturyLink or any other company, or public entity, or whether you are still employed.

To become a member of the New Mexico Chapter click here.

We could use other retirees to help us interface with our NM Senators’ and Representatives’ local offices. If they don’t hear from us, they assume we are happy with what they are doing. We need a voice for all retirees, many who cannot travel to visit their Senators and Representatives. Contact Cassie Kelley at cassiek@comcast.net or Martha Deahl at newmexicochapter@nrln.org. Please help us spread the word about the NRLN and specifically the NM Chapter and the work we are doing to help protect retirees’ interests. Please discuss the NRLN with all of you friends and encourage them to sign up to receive free emails at www.nrln.org. Remind them that their names, emails and home addresses are on a secure database designed for communicating with them and federal government officials. Also, follow the NRLN on Facebook.com/NRLN1 and Twitter.com/NRLN3.

NRLN NM Chapter Contact List



Read the latest NRLN actions during the month.review

Read the latest NRLN FOCUS Newsletter

May 15, 2020

Email sent to: All NRLN New Mexico Advocates

NRLN Grassroots Nationwide Network is divided into 10 Regions which is headed by a Regional Vice President. I am the Regional VP for New Mexico. Bob Martina, NRLN Executive Grassroots Vice-President holds a monthly conference call to discuss important issues. Many pending legislative bills are usually sent to important committees in both the Senate and House. These important committees are referred to the NRLN’s Relevant (or Key) Committees. A complete NRLN Relevant Committee List for all states can be found of the NRLN website under the Grassroots link.

Twice a year NRLN members attend a conference in Washington, DC which includes appointments known as the Hill visits directly with the DC offices of their specific Senators, Representatives or their Chief-of-Staff or Legislative Director. Due to Congressional votes and other interruptions visits could be scheduled with other various staff members. The NRLN prepares folders with supporting documentation of the important NRLN issues that will be discussed during the Hill visits and then left as handouts.

Click here to access the NRLN Talking points used during these visits. For the past 9 years I have been able to attend these conferences (referred to as Fly-ins) but I was unable to attend this past February.

NRLN Grassroots Regional VPs committee created a process by which Congressional Leaders would be email a copy of the NRLN DC Folder used during these Hill visits to Senators/Representatives’ Chief-of-Staff and Legislative Director that were not visited during the NRLN Conference but were on a relevant committee. Since I was unable to attend this past February, I sent emails to the following NM Congressional Leaders:

Senator Tom Udall, Lauren Aires, Legislative Assistant Healthcare
Representative Ben Ray-Lujan, Graham Mason, Deputy Chief of Staff
Bianca Ortiz Wertheim, Chief of Staff

It is important for you to know the NRLN is hard at work representing you. Please join as Individual Member for 2020.

Martha Deahl, NRLN Vice President – Desert Southwest Region AZ/NM/NV


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New Mexico SHIP:

Phone: 800-432-2080
Program Name: State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

About: The State Health Insurance Assistance Program, or SHIP, is a national program that offers one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare and their families. Coordinators provide benefits counseling on the Medicare, Medicare prescription drug program, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and Veterans benefits. Information and related Senior Medicare Patrol billing questions and appeals. NM SHIP ensures that older New Mexicans receive accurate, unbiased information about health care options and other entitlements. It does not sell, endorse or recommend any specific insurance or other health plans

NRLN NM Chapter Says – Wake Up NM….

Now is the time for your Senators and Representatives to hear your voices! Let them know how you feel about their lack of action when it comes to protecting retirees’ benefits.

NRLN Report Cards on New Mexico’s Members of Congress

The following "Report Card" shows whether New Mexico members of Congress sponsored or cosponsored or voted for bills the NRLN supported in the current 115th Congress. Click here to access the Legislative Directory and then select New Mexico on the USA map to view the NM Congressional delegation webpage on the NRLN website. Then click on the tab NRLN STATE REPORT CARD (EXCEL DOWNLOAD).

Message from Bill Kadereit, NRLN President

Do you know...Beginning in 2020, Social Security will pay more in benefits than it takes in from taxes and interest income? Social Security will deplete its $2.9 trillion reserve fund in 2035. While the program will not go bankrupt due to payroll taxes, projections are benefits would be cut between one-fourth to one-third.

Do you know...Medicare’s Hospital Insurance program (Medicare Part A) is pointed toward insolvency by 2026? At that time, Medicare Part A will only have enough funds to pay about 87% of costs. The Supplementary Medical Insurance (Medicare Part B and Part D) trust fund remains adequately financed throughout the projection period because of beneficiaries' premiums and general taxpayer revenues.

Do you know…The NRLN and your Chapter are working to get Congress to adopt our proposals to save Social Security and Medicare for the next 75 years?

Do you know...Congress is allowing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to use taxpayer dollars to subsidize private insurance companies for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to serve as a “Trojan horse” to move toward privatization? The NRLN and your Chapter opposes the use of MA plans to privatize Medicare.

Do you know…An analysis has shown that privatizing Medicare would increase the cost to beneficiaries by 18%? This is not cost improvement. This is cost shifting to seniors and the NRLN opposes it.

Do you know…The NRLN supports legislation to allow Medicare to do competitive bidding>for lower prescription drug prices? We want to end pay-for-delay and other brand name drugmakers’ tactics that obstruct generic drugs from coming to market, and allow importation of safe and less expensive drugs from Canada.

Do you know…Far too often pension plan sponsors find an error in the pension payment calculation and force retirees to pay back thousands of dollars and suffer a large cut in benefits? The NRLN proposes an amendment to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to indemnify individual plan participants from the requirement to refund overpayments by instructing actuaries to account for recoupment as a plan funding risk requiring very small adjustments to plan actuarial calculations.

Do you know…Many employers are selling pension plans to insurance company annuities? The steady decline in traditional defined-benefit pension plans through “de-risking” will continue with 76% of plan sponsors saying they plan to shed their pensions. When “de-risking” occurs with the purchase of an insurance annuity, pension plan participants lose the protection of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and the ERISA. The NRLN’s proposed legislation would protect retirees.

Topics of Interest

From: Martha Deahl, NRLN Vice President Desert Southwest Region, AZ/NM/NV Desertsouthwestregion@NRLN.org

Subject: Change in CenturyLink Concession Service

Changes in CenturyLink Concession Service policy was updated on May 3, 2018 which affects management retirees. The policy states:

"If you are enrolled in concessions prior to May 3, 2018, you may keep your current concessions. However, if you change your services, apply for the new concession program, or move to a new address any time after May 3, 2018, you may not be able to revert to your prior concession offer."

This change in policy does not apply to non-management retirees since they are covered by Qwest CWA and IBEW Unions Bargaining Agreements. The complete policy for both management and non-management plans can be viewed at this CTL benefits link.

Thanks, Martha

Make Your Voice Heard with Members of Congress

One of the major roles of the NRLN New Mexico Chapter is to advocate the NRLN legislative agenda for retirees to members of the New Mexico Congressional delegation.

Pension, Social Security and Medicare protection are at the top of the list of things to protect and reducing health care cost, especially the cost of prescription drugs.

You can contact Congress in many ways-- click here to see how!

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