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Legislation & Benefits Updates


July 1, 2022

Update on Proposal to End UMC Classic Medicare

At its meeting on Thursday, June 30, the PEB Board passed resolution 2022-16, to postpone consideration of the elimination of the UMP Classic Medicare plan (proposal 2022-12) until no sooner than January, 2024. Resolution 2022-16 specifically called out the need for engagement of stakeholders who would be affected by the proposal to discontinue the UMP…


June 27, 2022

Proposal to End UMP Classic Medicare

On June 30, the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) will vote on a proposal to eliminate the UMP Classic Medicare health insurance plan after 2023. This document from the Health Care Authority (HCA) explains the proposal and outlines other health insurance options available from the HCA. The UWRA Board sent this letter of concern to…


March 14, 2022

Recap of the 2022 State Legislative Session

The 2022 State legislative session ended last week with good news for UWRA’s legislative priorities!  Here’s a recap: Included in Budget 3% cost of living adjustment on the first $44,000 of pension income for PERS 1 retirees will go into effect July 1, 2022. PERS 2 and 3 retirees will also receive a 3% increase….


March 2, 2022

Bills of Possible Interest to Members

This information is current as of March 1, 2022.  March 4 is the next major cutoff date for bills to survive in this session.  For the most up to date information, go to leg.wa.gov. HB 1732: This bill delays implementation of the Washington Cares Act, which provides many in-home assistance and other long term care services…


February 2, 2022

Current Bills of Possible Interest to Seniors

Information on these bills can be found HERE. SB 5247: The Multi-state Nurse Licensure Compact in part provides opportunities for interstate practice by nurses who meet uniform licensure requirements. HB 1616: The Charity Care Act makes changes to the Act which requires hospitals to provide medically necessary health care to indigent persons. This bill is sponsored by…


State Legislature Bills of Interest

UWRA has adopted the following priorities for the 2022 session of the State Legislature, which opened January 10: Secure a one-time 3% cost of living increase on the first $44,000 of pension income for all PERS 1 retirees. Maintain the current explicit Medicare subsidy for retirees and spouses/partners. Support the legislative priorities of the University…


January 18, 2022

The 2022 Legislative Session

UWRA has adopted the following priorities for the 2022 session of the State Legislature, which opened January 10: Secure a one-time 3% cost of living increase on the first $44,000 of pension income for all PERS 1 retirees. Maintain the current explicit Medicare subsidy for retirees and spouses/partners. Support the legislative priorities of the University…


November 24, 2021

Possible PERS 1 COLA

A cost of living adjustment (COLA) for PERS 1 recipients is making its way through the State legislative process. The Select Committee on Pension Policy voted at its November 16 meeting to recommend to the State Legislature a one-time, permanent increase of 3% on the first $44,000 in pension income. The next step is for…


October 25, 2021

Possible PERS 1 COLA

A cost of living adjustment (COLA) for PERS 1 recipients is making its way through the State legislative process. The Select Committee on Pension Policy directed preparation of an analysis and companion legislation for the 2022 Legislative session for two options: 1) annual, automatic consumer price index-based COLA up to 3% per year and 2)…


June 17, 2021

UW Impact

UW Impact is the UW Alumni Association’s legislative advocacy program, dedicated to mobilizing the UW community on behalf of restoring state support for the UW and public higher education. The UW Impact program has two main components: advocacy and education. To sign up with UW Impact or to learn more, visit uwimpact.org.



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