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.