(November 22, 2017) Here is the latest update on the COLA issue and HB 413, the bill introduced in the House of Representatives to enact changes requested by OPERS. Despite what you may have heard, PERI has been working behind the scenes to address concerns we have with the proposal. Our goal is to achieve an outcome that protects retirees from reductions in the COLA while at the same time ensuring that your healthcare benefits remain as solid as possible.
In this process it is important to understand that while we advocate for our members, we do so in the spirit of cooperation with OPERS and our elected officials to the extent possible. It is for this reason that we have not asked members to contact their legislators, at least not yet. We want to exhaust our options to work collaboratively toward an outcome our members can support. If we cannot achieve our goal, it will then be time for you and your members to join the fight. Rest assured we will contact you when we believe your cards, letters and phone calls can have the most impact. In the meantime, we ask you to stay vigilant and support PERI and your local chapters.