Maryland Bills adding major costs to State Employees health care
Below you will find a copy of the letter that was sent to the Western Maryland Delegation Members. If you would like to use any of the talking points, please do so. You may copy and paste all or any part of the below letter onto your email that you are sending to your local State Senators and Delegates. If you would like your personal letter posted on this site, please send it to Dan Seiler at email@example.com
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To: Maryland Legislature
From: Dan Seiler
I am a retired State Trooper who retired with the expectation and hope that the State of Maryland would abide by legal or at least moral obligations to continue providing the same or better health care coverage.
During the time I served the State of Maryland, I would have never believed that the Maryland Legislature would ever propose bills that would reduce my standard of living! My primary attraction to state service was a promise of life long health care. This is why I am opposed to several sections in HB 72, SB87 and SB628 involving proposed cuts to retired and active State employee health care.
For many years the State of Maryland has made implied guarantees to provide State employees with health care that does not cause financial hardship. The sponsors of these proposed legislative acts go against this promise. The people most affected by these proposed bills would be the retired State employees.
For example a proposed provision in HB 72 and SB 87 allows the State to establish separate health insurance benefit coverage for retirees that differs from those for active state employees. Proposed prescription drug coverage provisions in SB 628 show a drastically inequitable difference in coverage between active and retired State employees. This disparity would cause significant adverse financial impact on the retired State employees who are on fixed incomes and who do not receive full social security benefits.
As depicted in SB 628 any change in the current (COLA) Cost of Living Adjustment structure would aggravate even more the financial life altering burden on active and retired State workers making it difficult to keep pace with rising inflation.
I call on you as an elected member of the Maryland Legislature to find another way to balance the State Budget.
Sgt. Dan Seiler – Retired
401 Thames Street
Hagerstown, Md. 21740