VSEA’s Week In Action Newsletter: January 27, 2023!

FY24 State Budget: Largest In Vermont History

Next Legislative Dinner Topic Is “Safety And Security”

POSTPONED: Presentation Exposing The Disadvantages Of Medicare Advantage Plans

District 6 Board of Trustees Ballots Due February 7

Mark These Dates!! Important Upcoming Union Events

2023 Executive Branch Steward Trainings Announced

VSP Vision Coverage Open Enrollment Coming In February

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2023 VSEA Legislative Dinners Continue!

Photo from the January 18 VSEA Legislative Dinner where we discussed staffing shortages and policy challenges.

VSEA’s Legislative Committee will continue hosting our 2023 Legislative Dinners on Wednesday, February 1 at VSEA Headquarters in Montpelier. Join with Vermont lawmakers, VSEA members, and retirees to have a conversation about safety and security at work over dinner provided by Morse Block Catering. We will also have an online option for those who would like to join remotely. These dinners are a great way for members and retirees to meet with key decision-makers outside the State House!

Here are the final two 2023 VSEA Legislative Dinners. Each dinner will begin at 5:45 p.m. 

Specific Zoom log-in information for each dinner can be found here. VSEA.org login required.

Note: Retirees are encouraged to save the February 8 date, as this dinner will address Medicare Advantage.

POSTPONED: Presentation Exposes The Disadvantages Of Medicare Advantage Plans

On Monday, February 6, Dr. Marvin Malek, past president of Vermont Physicians for a National Health Program (VT PNHP), will give a presentation on the privatization of Medicare.  

This is a change from the original date of January 25.

The program, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Vermont, will take place at 5:30 pm, in the Hayes Room at Kellogg Hubbard Library in Montpelier.  Dr. Malek will discuss Medicare Advantage, DCEs, and the new ACO/REACH program.  The event is co-sponsored by VT PNHP, Vermont Health Care for All, VT State Employees Association, and Vermont Workers’ Center. 

For the first 20 years after its implementation in 1965, the Medicare program reimbursed hospitals and doctors directly for the care they provided to Medicare enrollees. Beginning in 1985, some Medicare recipients were given the option of electing to have their benefit managed by a private company, currently known as the Medicare Advantage program. Last year, officials in the Medicare program announced that by the year 2030, they would be involuntarily enrolling the remaining Medicare enrollees into another managed care program—the ACO/REACH program.

The goal of the February 6 program is to discuss the impacts of these privatization initiatives on the care that Medicare beneficiaries receive, on the costs Medicare beneficiaries will be facing, and the impacts of these changes on the financial stability of the Medicare program.

The program will be recorded by Onion River Community Access and will be available online later at https://www.orcamedia.net.

What’s Happening At The State House This Week?

January 24 – January 27, 2023

VSEA’s Legislative Team is once again publishing an online, weekly schedule of hearings and testimony about issues important to state employees and to the services you deliver.

Here is this week’s VSEA meeting-of-interest schedule.

Link to find any legislative committee’s live stream page.

Note: Sometimes a meeting will start late, or won’t stream live for one reason or another, but visit the committee’s page a few hours afterward to see if the meeting you were interested in has now posted for viewing.

VSEA’s Week In Action Newsletter: January 20, 2023!

VSEA Secures Support of Pro Tem, Speaker

VSEA’s Legislative Committee Hosts First Legislative Dinner Of 2023

Mark These Dates!! Important Upcoming Union Events

District 6 Board of Trustees Ballots Being Emailed Monday

Legislative Team Publishes Weekly Schedule

Jan. 25 Presentation Exposes The Disadvantages Of Medicare Advantage Plans

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