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SRS retirees meeting to focus on benefit changes

Friday, March 30, 2012 6:44 PM
Last updated 9:48 PM
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Looming benefit changes for former Savannah River Site workers are expected to generate more interest and larger crowds at the annual SRS Retirees Association meeting April 10.

“The controversial issue of the planned reduction of the medical benefits of SRS retirees is expected to be the primary subject of discussion,” board member Jack Roberts said in an e-mail.

The 1,100-member organization’s board plans to oppose what it describes as benefit changes by the Energy Department and its contractors that will increase medical premiums and drop retirees 65 and older from the site’s health plan and provide a stipend instead to buy Medicare or Medigap plans.

“Approximately 600 SRS retirees attended the annual meeting last year, and with the current dissatisfaction concerning proposed changes to retiree medical benefits, we expect an even larger crowd this year,” Roberts said.

The annual meeting will be held April 10 at St. Mary’s Church on York Street in Aiken. Although the meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m., doors will open at noon to allow members to arrive early and ask questions and discuss benefits and other issues with vendors and visitors.

The scheduled speaker will be U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson. Officials from the Energy Department and its primary contractors have also been invited to share the latest information on the program changes.

Meeting details

WHAT: SRS Retirees Association annual meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, with doors open at noon and meeting to begin at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: St. Angela’s Hall, St. Mary’s Church, 118 York St., Aiken.

SPEAKER: U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson

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athome
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athome 03/30/12 - 11:53 pm
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Doesn't this constitute age

Doesn't this constitute age discrimination? These retirees paid their premiums throughout their younger, probably healthier employment years only to be dropped when they get older and more likely to need the benefits. NOT what they were promised in their retirement contracts. NOT fair play.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 03/31/12 - 12:42 am
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Don't throw the age card

Don't throw the age card out!!! Where are the AARP lawyers!?!!?

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 03/31/12 - 12:47 am
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I apologize for the silly

I apologize for the silly comments, but this is result of reducing federal government funds and tax cuts. People are getting older and the government can not afford to support the retirees with the pensions and benefits they have. When you hear people complain about how money the government is spending on social programs, this is one of those programs. Instead of letting them get cut, fight and ask candidates what they are going to do about retiree who benefits are going to get cut, then ask, how are they going to be maintained.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/31/12 - 05:29 am
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They have no recourse, the

They have no recourse, the courts have already ruled that this is legal to do. Just like companies taking away pensions that people have worked all their adult life to have. I think they have it great that they are going to be given a stipend- that's more than my husband will ever get. They should count their blessings.

KSL
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KSL 03/31/12 - 05:35 am
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How come Obama care isn't

How come Obama care isn't good enough? How come it's not going to be good enough for Obama and his union friends? How come Congress isn't jumping on the Obama care band wagon?

KSL
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KSL 03/31/12 - 05:37 am
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only, go back and do some

only, go back and do some editing.

KSL
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KSL 03/31/12 - 05:51 am
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By the way, welcome to

By the way, welcome to Obama's world. Actually I think everyone should provide for their own health insurance their entire lives just like they pay for clothing, housing, transportation, food, etc. Always have felt that way and always have paid. Paid big bucks, by the way. It got bigger and bigger because so many didn't feel that way.

People use the emergency room as their free walk-in clinic. One big huge Reagen mistake. It never should have happened. The few times we have had to go to the emergency room were real emergencies like when my 7th grade son broke 2 bones in his wrist and we were told they were glad we didn't see it because his hand was at right angle to his arm. Also the time I had to have emergency surgery for an about to explode gall bladder. I remember being in the emergency room waiting area both times with people who had nothing problems 3 decades ago. "I have had this cough for a week."

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/31/12 - 10:01 am
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During the first day of

During the first day of SCOTUS arguments on Obamacare, one of the MSM news hounds went to an ER a couple of miles from the courthouse to report (highlight is more like it) the need for 100% coverage for all. He breathlessly reported that "In this ER, barely 2 miles from SCOTUS, a full 10% of the people they treat every day, 25 patients, show up here without insurance." He goes on to interview a hospital official who says "we all pay for those without insurance".

WHAT??? What they didn't tell you is that some of those uninsured people actually pay out of pocket. They OWE the money whether they have insurance or not; and if they are gainfully employed, they WILL pay, voluntarily or by judgement.

KSL
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KSL 03/31/12 - 11:22 am
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A thumbs down because I

A thumbs down because I advocate that people should be responsible for their own health insurance. Is is because it has gotten so expensive. We were paying an amount every year enough to buy a $36,000 car every year. (The premium was high in part because my husband had a birth defect repaired. That's right fixed. That, folks, is where we need health care insurance reform, that and tort reform.) I think people should be responsible for the clothing, housing, food, burial expenses, transportation. The list goes on and on. The few that can't, and that should be few, can be taken care of by taxpayers. The problem is that taxpayers are having to take care of people who are irresponsible, often on purpose, because they know the government will take care of them.

If I seem a little angry this morning it is because I am. I won't go into the details about my sleep being interrupted to care for an elderly lady while her granddaughter and live in boy friend snoozed away. Oh, they get government payments just to exist.

etlinks
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etlinks 03/31/12 - 03:08 pm
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The SRS retires and the

The SRS retires and the employees pay for their health insurance.

rugerguy
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rugerguy 04/01/12 - 11:01 am
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Looks like the big CSRA gravy

Looks like the big CSRA gravy train has pulled into the station. Still, a deal is a deal, and in general the whole thing stinks. Sorry to the bomb planters who waited a long time for their due and took voluntary early retirement to help. This may be some payback for the great Stimulus.

if a legal way is found to break a deal like this, we should all take heed and note how other minds can start turning which could impact you and me next time.

Tell it like it is
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Tell it like it is 04/01/12 - 02:56 pm
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This is just the start of the

This is just the start of the Obama taking away what was promised to retires. All those retires who risked their health everyday to end up being lied to about their medical benefits. They have the best right now and SRS always sent out mail assuring them they didn't need to get medicare plan D because they had better already. Now the story changes what a disservice to the dedicated workers who gave their all to keep SRS going. It is time for our govt to keep their word and not take away the benefits and replace them with a stipend. Instead of letting them get cut, fight and ask candidates what they are going to do about retiree who benefits are going to get cut, then ask, how are they going to be maintained.
Hate to say it but our country is going to hades in a hand basket, we are getting more and more taken away, especially from those who need it the most.

etlinks
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etlinks 04/01/12 - 04:00 pm
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Great comment Tell it. Gravy

Great comment Tell it. Gravy train my a--, I gave 28 good years of my life to SRS and was always thankful for the job.

workforaliving
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workforaliving 04/01/12 - 04:05 pm
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As a retiree that worked and

As a retiree that worked and part of my salary was this benfit package I was to receive later! We worked with the contract that this is part of our compensation, and now the government feels like they can pay a stipen to reimburse us. Is that all our years are, a stipen? How can you plan for a future and be responsible for yourself when they want to take it all away and probably give it to someone else who hasn't earned a dam... thing
!

etlinks
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etlinks 04/01/12 - 07:24 pm
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workfor I hope to see you at

workfor I hope to see you at the meeting. If people don't take a stand everyone loses.

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