Governor Larry Hogan, General Assembly Provide Assistance to State Retirees Transitioning to Medicare Part D

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan, together with Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch, today announced that the state will provide assistance to State of Maryland retirees who are transitioning to Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage on January 1, 2019.

As part of state pension reform legislation passed in 2011, retired state employees eligible for Medicare will be moving from the state’s prescription program to the federal Medicare Part D program on January 1, 2019.

To help alleviate the impact of the transition, the Hogan administration and presiding officers announced that the state will institute a one-year transition program that will reimburse all out-of-pocket pharmaceutical expenses for impacted retirees in excess of $1,500, which is the limit under the current state plan. This program will be open to all state retirees shifting to Medicare Part D prescription coverage on January 1, 2019. This announcement is the result of the Hogan administration and the presiding officers working in a collaborative, bipartisan manner to evaluate the best options in order to assist state retirees.

Additionally, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), with the support of the General Assembly, will provide further ongoing assistance for these retirees through the existing Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program (SPDAP) in the Maryland Department of Health. SPDAP assists low- and middle-income Maryland residents with their Medicare Part D premium and coverage gap costs and applies to people whose income is 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level or below (less than $36,420 for one person and $49,380 for two people.)

Currently the program provides a maximum of $40 per month to assist eligible participants cover their Medicare Part D premiums and $1,000 toward the coverage gap subsidy.

“Our administration has consistently worked to make Maryland a better place to retire, including providing tax relief for retirees three out of four years in office,” said Governor Hogan. “This is another example of the bipartisan solutions we have been able to achieve here in Maryland by working together. I am glad that our administration was able to work with legislative leadership to provide this relief for state retirees who will be affected by this change.”

“We have the deepest respect for people who dedicated their careers to public service, and we have an obligation to help them make this transition as seamlessly as possible,” said Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller. “The solution we’re announcing today will honor our commitment to our retirees.”

“The actions taken in Congress left retirees in the untenable position of having to transition to Medicare Part D more quickly than originally planned,” said Speaker Michael E. Busch. “The Governor, President and Maryland House of Delegates have been working diligently to help ease this transition for our retirees and I am pleased that we have come up with a short-term solution that gives us more time to help those retirees with overwhelming prescription drug costs.”

The Maryland Department of Budget and Management will work with the State Retirement Agency to actively engage state retirees who might be eligible for the program and commits to fully funding the program as it currently exists and covering additional costs as the result of new enrollment from state retirees. Program details will be shared as they are finalized and will be posted on the DBM benefits website at http://dbm.maryland.gov/benefits/pages/default.aspx.

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4 thoughts on “Governor Larry Hogan, General Assembly Provide Assistance to State Retirees Transitioning to Medicare Part D

  1. No they fucked over the state employees with their heath care benefits just like Bob Culver is doing to Wicomico County employees. Bob Culver already fucked over the retirees so he is going to lose those votes and now he is screwing over the current county employees and making them take the cheapest insurance plan available. Buh Bye Bob Culver, you fucked your own self over this close to an election. You are actually to stupid to understand that county employees vote and so do their spouses, in-laws, kids and neighbors. You are the dumb one, Bob Culver. Toodeloo!

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    1. One Term Bob has fucked the county employees since the day he took office. Took everyone’s birthday day off away from them and then bragged about it. Took all the County take home vehicles away from the employees that had them then had the nerve to take the new SUV from Gary Mackes and drive it for himself. Tried taking many of the employees benefits from them by changing the Employee Handbook. Took healthcare benefits from all the retired employees. Took healthcare benefits from all county employees and making them pay for the “better” plan that saves lives. When the employees took the county jobs they took it for the benefits and now One Term Bob is screwing all of them. One term Bob is a worthless P.O.S. who is trying to fuck every Wicomico County employee and their families because he was too stupid to get a good paying job with a pension and a healthcare package so he is trying to screw the same people that voted for him.

      Vote NO for One Term Bob!

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  2. If Hogan wins again, he will try to balance the budget on the backs of state employees…if Ben Jealous wins, he will let all the criminals out of jail, turn Maryland even more left than it is (as if that is possible) as well as other “wonderful” socialist goodies…I love living on the Shore, but as soon as possible, we are leaving the Communist State of Maryland.

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