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Letter to the Senate in support of the Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act of 2010

December 07, 2010

Dear Senator:

On behalf of the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association, including over 275,000 retired educators, we urge you to vote YES on S. 3985, the ‘‘Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act of 2010,” when it is considered by the Senate this week.  This legislation would provide all older Americans – including retired public service workers – needed financial relief in a year without a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).  

For the second year in a row, Social Security beneficiaries and their colleagues in the public service sector who are not covered by Social Security will receive no COLA.  Despite a relatively low general inflation rate, health care costs for seniors are going up.  Indeed, for a second year, public service retirees who are not eligible to receive Social Security will be required to pay the Medicare Part B premium increase in January while most Social Security beneficiaries will be protected from the anticipated rate hike. 

Relief for seniors not eligible for Social Security was provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which included a $250 refundable tax credit for public service retirees not eligible for the Act’s $250 payment to Social Security recipients.  We are very pleased that S. 3985 follows this precedent, by providing relief for over one million federal, postal, state, and local government retirees, including many educators, who are not eligible to receive Social Security benefits.   
Again, we urge you to VOTE YES on this important legislation.


Kim Anderson         
Director of Government Relations

Mary Kusler 
Manager of Federal Advocacy