Maryland state employee retirees frustrated over SB 946, out-of-pocket expenses

Maryland

Many state employee retirees around Washington County gathered during the WE MATTER RXdrug Coverage Group’s meeting regarding Senate Bill 946.

Attorney Deborah Hill who represents retiree Ken Fitch says the bill isn’t in favor for state employee retirees.

“This particular bill is a bill in which the retiree would have to pay for their prescription and then get reimbursed by the state,” Hill said.

Delegate Dan Cox is a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and was one of four people to vote against the bill.

“A copay of $35 for an expensive medication for that might be for thyroid or some other could go up to 900 dollars for the state employee that’s retired and that’s a drastic change for somebody who is on a fixed income,” Cox said.

As of right now, an injunction within the Fitch vs. Maryland lawsuit is in place for retirees to keep their prescription drug benefits until the courts make a decision.

“As long as the case is pending the state retirees will keep their benefits regardless of what the legislature indicates as an enactment,” Hill said.

The bill which has already passed is expected to be enacted sometime in 2020.

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