Retiree Healthcare (OPEB)
From left to right: Attending the OPEB hearing were retired MTA members Richard Liston, Gerry Ruane, Carolyn Scafidi, George Snider and Ed Meehan.
The Legislature is currently considering a bill, House 59, filed by Governor Deval Patrick to reduce the cost of retiree health insurance by changing certain eligibility requirements and pro-rating the premium split for certain retirees who have between 20 and 30 years of service. This bill is intended to reduce the large unfunded liability to cities and towns and the Commonwealth for these benefits, sometimes referred to as Other Post-Employment Benefits – OPEB.
The MTA supports H.59, but is seeking several changes to improve the bill by reducing the impact on employees who could be adversely affected due to the nature of their jobs. These include higher education faculty members, vocational education teachers and education support professionals who are only credited with 10 months of service a year.
More information on the bill and MTA’s response to it is available below.