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Have you received your health care premium rebate?

Many of you may know that the courts ordered the Local Government Center (LGC) to return monies for healthcare premiums that were over-paid for 2010 and 2011 to their clients. The total amount from both 2010 and 2011, including dental and medical is about $800 per person insured.  If the retiree was employed even part of either of those years then the amount will be lower as the district paid part of the premium.   This does not apply to retirees who were covered under School Care. 

The funds have been returned to the clients, the municipalities and school districts. 2010 was returned during the winter months and 2011 sometime late summer.  These monies are now in the accounts of the LGC clients, your towns and school districts.  It is now up to the clients to return those funds to the people who paid the bill. 

As I talk with retired educators throughout the state, I find that some school districts have been proactive in returning the money to the retired staff members who were insured by the LGC.  Other districts have just kept the money in their accounts or are intending to use the money to improve their bottom line.  We, the retirees, are the persons who overpaid the insurance premiums and therefore the refund should rightly go to us. 

Please help to spread the word to retirees.  The first thing retirees can do to is to call their school district, request the refund and not take no for an answer.  Ask how much and when it is coming.  They are holding our money and if not returning it, then not acting honorably. 

This is where I need your help.  As treasurer and board member of the NHREA, I am willing to contact districts and or towns where monies have not been returned to the retiree or if the amount differs greatly.  In order to do this I need each of you who were covered by the LGC in the years 2010 and 2011 to be my eyes and ears and get this information.  The sooner I receive the information, the sooner I will be able to act on it. 

We at the NHREA are 5700 members strong and are here to work for you and insure that you get the benefits coming to you.  Please support the NHREA by joining and working with us. 
 Marcia D Walenta, Treasurer  mwalenta@myfairpoint.net  phone 603-436-4094

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Karenbaker's picture

According to NPR, the Department of Health and Human Services estimated that insurers nationwide would have to issue rebates of $1.4 billion. A recent report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a division of the Kaiser conglomerate separate from the company’s health insurance division Kaiser Permanente, estimates that insurers will issue $1.3 billion in rebates. A Goldman Sachs estimate pegged it at $1.2 billion.