MTA 88 President’s Message
To: Maryland Trooper’s Association Lodge 88
During March, I attended the monthly Board of Directors meeting at the MTA Pikesville Office on March 26, 2019. One of the lead topics discussed was the continuing bills progressing through the legislator concerning retiree prescription benefits. Cornerstone Government Affairs briefed the board on the current legislation, and it seems Senate Bill 946 is becoming the most favorable to the legislature (passed by the legislature.) Essentially, Senate Bill 946 establishes three new programs to limit out of-pocket expenses for prescription drug costs for State retirees who began service before July 1, 2011. All three plans include covering Medicare-eligible spouses and dependents.
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- Affects Medicare-eligible retirees who retire by May 31,
- Reimburse participants for any out-of-pocket prescription drug costs that exceed $1,500 for individuals and $2,000 for
- Affects Medicare-eligible retirees who begin State service before June 30, 2011, and retire after June 1,
- Reimburse participants for out-of-pocket prescription drugs costs after the participant enters
catastrophic coverage under Medicare Part D Plant, which is $2,500.
- Affects anyone currently enrolled in program 1 or 2 and need certain life-sustaining
- The program will reimburse any out-of-pocket expenses for a life-sustaining drug that is not covered by Medicare Part D but covered by the State
An amendment filed will require The Department of Budget and Management to provide one-on-one counseling to Medicare-eligible retirees to assist with the selection of a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan based on the retiree’s specific medical & medication needs.
In addition to the Cornerstone briefing, our legal office of Warnken LLC provided an update of the We Matter group. Byron Warnken advised he was concerned with the group as there has been no movement. Normally after being issued an injunction by the court, someone will file for a motion for summary judgment. After contacting one of the attorneys in the case, he learned one of the attorneys involved with the case is considering filing his notice to withdraw as counsel. There was no further information in the matter, and the Law office will be monitoring the situation closely.
Membership Committee is working on reworking some of the definitions of members, noting the current model can no longer be operated under effectively as its enforcement is arbitrary. Several proposals have been brought forward, but nothing has been approved at this time.
An amendment to the current by-law concerning scholarships was unanimously approved. The new By law would allow the packet to now be sent by e-mail and must be received by March 31st • A confirmation number would be returned to the sender by the MTA office upon receipt. Hand delivered scholarship packets will not also be able to be hand delivered and must be received on or by March 31st• The packet would have to be delivered to Office personnel and a written receipt would be issued in return.
MSP Class 148 graduated on March 22nd and of the 36 Candidates, 31 became members of the MTA.
Lodge 88 President