Action Alerts and Action Watches

When circumstances arise that warrant immediate action on the part of its members, the Association issues Action Alerts.  Current and prior Action Alerts are listed below.  Action Watches are communiques of a more informational nature that do not require a response on the part of members.  Current and prior Action Watches are listed below.

 

Action Alerts/Action Watches

 

February 17, 2019

Action Watch announces ERS Board Meeting requiring GSRA representation.

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February 13, 2019

Action Alert presents 2019 first COLA writing and calling campaign.

Read the Action Alert

February 4, 2019

As we have previously communicated, GSRA Day at the Capitol and Legislative Reception honoring legislators is scheduled for this Wednesday, February 6, 2019. GSRA members will have the opportunity to interact with their legislators during the day event at the Capitol and later that evening at the GSRA-GPHSA Legislative Reception at the Empire Room of the Floyd Building.

 

If you have not already invited your legislator, please do so now by clicking on the “Take Action” button below.  When you click on the TAKE ACTION button, an email invitation that is already addressed by the software to your specific legislators will be displayed. Please be sure that the legislators indicated are your legislators.  If you have changed your address without notifying GSRA, the system may not have your correct legislators.  If you discover this to be the case, you will want to exit the system and contact your legislators via phone or your personal email rather than use this system.

 

At this point, you are ready to send your message. If you are planning on attending the reception, you will have the option to add to the end of the generated message that you are looking forward to seeing your legislator there. Then press "Send", and the prepared message inviting your legislators to the reception will be sent.

  

Please click on the TAKE ACTION button below, and please accept our thanks for helping ensure the success of this important event!

January 17, 2019

GSRA Day at the Capitol and Legislative Reception honoring legislators is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6, 2019. GSRA members will have the opportunity to interact with their legislators during the day event at the Capitol and later that evening at the GSRA-GPHSA Legislative Reception at the Empire Room of the Floyd Building.

 

In order to make the Legislative Reception a success, we need GSRA members from across the state to attend.  Legislators are much more likely to attend the reception if they know their own constituents will be attending and less likely to attend if they doubt that their constituents will be present.  Because of this, GSRA needs you to register and attend the reception and personally invite your legislators to attend.  Please make a commitment and go to www.mygsra.com and register to attend the reception.   The deadline to register online is February 2, 2019.

 

In addition, TAKE ACTION to invite your legislators to attend the GSRA - GPHSA Legislative Reception on February 6, 2019 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, Empire Room, Floyd Building by following the directions in this Action Alert to access an email invitation that is already addressed by the software to your specific legislators. Please be sure that the legislators indicated are your legislators.  If you have changed your address without notifying GSRA, the system may not have your correct legislators.  If you discover this to be the case, you will want to exit the system and contact your legislators via phone or your personal email rather than use this system. Otherwise, if the info is correct, merely press "Send", and the prepared message inviting your legislators to the reception will be sent.

  

Please click on the TAKE ACTION button below, and please accept our thanks for helping ensure the success of this important event!

December 8, 2018

I hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving and that this Christmas season will be a joyous one for you.

I want to thank again those of you who shared with us and the ERS Board your unfortunate economic hardships stemming from 10 years of no COLAs. The descriptions that roughly eighty GSRA members provided had exactly the hoped for effect in that state leaders are beginning to see the great individual pain that their "cost-cutting" actions have had. And the word is now making its way to the media.

But this message is for ALL ERS retirees, regardless of whether you responded last March. James Salzer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution contacted me recently with the following: "... [A GSRA representative] mentioned that the ERS retirees were planning to ask that money be put into the budget for a ... raise for ERS retirees. I would like to do a story about this before the session and I was wondering if you could help me hook up with a couple of retirees who have been impacted by the lack of raises over the past decade. It would add to the story to be able to detail the impact of ERS/General Assembly policy on the lack of raises...[I] would like to see if I can get it onto the front page the first week of January."

If you have in fact suffered economic hardship, you have the heartfelt sympathies of all your GSRA companions. Your GSRA leadership is dedicated to obtaining as much relief for you as we possibly can, but we need you to help us help you. I am writing you to ask if you would be willing for Mr. Salzer to interview you so that you can describe directly the hardships you have encountered from the lack of COLAs. GSRA believes that the new governor and the General Assembly are more open than ever before to finally helping us with some form of COLA. You speaking respectfully from your heart to Mr. Salzer may well build on the sympathy we have been gaining since GSRA presented the hardships you and others shared to the ERS board last March.

If you sent me an e-mail last March, you should feel free to provide Mr. Salzer the same information that you included in that e-mail. If you did not previously communicate with me and you are willing to speak to Mr. Salzer, please also describe for me the economic hardships you and/or your family have suffered due to the lack of COLAs over a decade. For this purpose, consider that your benefit today would have gradually increased to being at least 30% greater than it is. For example, if your benefit today is $2,500 per month, with COLAs it would be $3,250 per month.

I suspect that as a state employee, talking to reporters was frowned upon for you as it was for me and the great majority of non-executives. However, those restrictions no longer apply in this instance. All you will have to do is tell Mr. Salzer about the hardships you have encountered because of not receiving any COLAs for ten years and how (respectfully) you feel about that. You do NOT have to answer any questions that make you uncomfortable. So, again, please favorably consider getting our story out to the new administration and legislators who hold our futures in their hands and to their constituents who might influence them.

Please reply to this e-mail whether or not you are willing to be interviewed by AJC reporter James Salzer (which we hope you are). If you are willing to be interviewed, please include your telephone number with your response. If you sent me a message last March, please let me know if there has been any change in your economic condition.

Many thanks,

Chuck Freedman, Chair

GSRA Legislative Committee

404.375.1900

 

November 26, 2018

HB71 is one of two bills active in the General Assembly to address surprise medical bills. Many if not most of us have received these bills for hundreds or thousands of dollars which were not covered by our insurance. The current HB71 would greatly reduce if not eliminate these surprise bills. It would do this by compelling hospitals to require health care providers to participate in the hospitals’ health insurance networks as a condition for hospital credentialing, and by also requiring insurers to allow these providers to participate in their networks. But, we understand that these most important credentialing provisions are threatened, as at least one provider organization has launched a letter writing campaign opposing them. It is critical that HB 71 pass in its current form to provide the protections all consumers so urgently need.

 

So, we request that you send a message to your representatives IN YOUR OWN WORDS requesting your representative to SUPPORT HB 71 LC 37 2348S (the current HB71 version). Ask your representative to contact a member of the Insurance Committee and to assure that all health care providers at a hospital be included in the hospital’s network.

 

If you have personally been the victim of one or more surprise bills and have the time to include your experience(s) in your message, so much the better.  And, if after you send your email you have the time to call your representative and express your thoughts, that will be good too.

 

We note that surprise billing does not directly affect those of us over 65 on Medicare Advantage plans and will not affect us unless provisions in the Medicare program are changed. Surprise billing does, however, affect families where a spouse is under 65, and all of your loved ones and friends until they turn 65. So, we urge ALL GSRA members to contact their representatives whether or not they are directly affected.

 

And a final very important point:  for various reasons, the message will go only to your individual representative.  This means that without full GSRA member participation, individual representatives will receive relatively few messages instead of hundreds. Therefore, it is CRITICAL that ALL GSRA members respond to this alert.  Your future health care costs depend on what you do NOW!!! 

 

August 15, 2018

REMINDER! The ERS Board will meet TOMORROW in its usual Northside Drive location at 10:30am (Two Northside 75 - for directions, go to Google Maps [www.google.com/maps] and search for Employees Retirement System of Georgia).

Our president and president elect had a very good meeting today with Chairman Lonice Barrett and Executive Director Jim Potvin. One thing that came out is that the Board will NOT be discussing a budget request for a COLA tomorrow. However, Steve and Jim believe from their discussion that ERS is looking to do something to help us, but exactly what is not clear at this point.

Even though the Board will NOT be discussing a COLA tomorrow, it is still important for GSRA to have a presence. The Board is more receptive than ever to helping us, and much of that has to be due to the unprecedented large attendance of GSRA members at the last several meetings. So come on out, BE RESPECTFUL, and introduce yourself to the Board members if you get a chance. A statement such as, "Thank you for the adjustments of the last several years, and I would sure appreciate any other help you can give us" would be appropriate.

 

 

November 17, 2017

Action Watch - This Action Watch contains everything you need to know to participate in the 2018 GSRA Day at the Capitol and Legislative Reception.

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January 5, 2013

 

Action Watch - This Action Watch contains everything you need to know to participate in the 2013 GSRA Day at the Capitol and Legislative Reception.

Read the Action Watch

 

March 23, 2012

Action Alert - This Action Alert asks the members to contact their senators and representatives regarding another Dead Peasants bill being considered using the Advocacy System.

Read the Action Alert

 

March 21, 2012

Action Alert - This Action Alert asks the members to contact their senators and representatives regarding Dead Peasants legislation using the Advocacy System.

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February 26, 2012

Action Alert - This Action Alert asks the members to contact the Governor regarding SB 402 using the Advocacy System.

Read the Action Alert

 

February 25, 2012

Action Alert - This Action Alert asks the members to contact their senators and representatives regarding Senate Bill 402 - ERS/Alternative Investments, using the Advocacy System.

 Read the Action Alert 

 

 

January 17, 2012

Action Watch – This Action Watch provides a reminder and additional information about directions to the events, parking and legislative talking points for the January 31, 2012, GSRA Day at the Capitol and the Legislative Reception. You are encouraged to register and join other GSRA members in visiting our elected representatives.

Read the Action Watch 

 

January 6, 2012

Action Watch – This Action Watch provides information about the January 31, 2012, GSRA Day at the Capitol and the Legislative Reception. You are encouraged to register and join other GSRA members in visiting our elected representatives.  

 

 

Archive

 

March 26, 2011

Quick action is needed to contact members of the Joint Special Committee on Georgia Revenue Structure to support passing out a bill that reflects the Committee's discussion on Thursday, March 24th.  We further urge you to contact your own legislators and urge them to vote for the bill coming out of the Committee.

Read the Action Alert

 

March 26, 2011

Quick action is needed to urge Senators and Senate leadership to pass House Bills 293, 297, and 308 to limit and/or prohibit "dead peasants" legislation in the future.

Read the Action Alert 

 

 

March 16, 2011

Immediate action is needed to let your representatives know your concerns related to the 20% increase in SHBP premiums included in the current House FY 2012 budget bill.

Read the Action Alert 

 

January 9, 2011

You need YOU!  Reminder - GSRA Legislative Day, January 25,2011.

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December 28, 2010

GSRA has planned two events on January 25, 2011 to enhance our legislative activities--a  Meet & Greet @ 11:00 AM at the State Capitol and a Legislative Reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  YOU are needed to participate. Read the Action Alert 

  

April 21, 2010

Immediate action is needed to keep the provisions of the old HB 1380 (which never made it out of committee) from being tacked on to other legislation as the General Assembly comes to a close.  Contact your elected officials today!!

 

March 14, 2010

HB 1380 may reduce the life insurance coverage for both retirees and active employees and would give the State an insurable interest in your life.  AND our pension fund would have to foot the bill!

IMMEDIATE ACTION IS NEEDED! 

 

 

June 12, 2009

ERS Board to hold Annual Meeting June 12, 2009.  Come and witness the final vote on the July 2009 and Jan. 2010 COLAs.

 

May 15, 2009          

ERS Board of Trustees will hold a special called meeting May 21, 2009 to consider COLAs; will hold Annual Meeting June 18 to announce final decision.  TRS Board to hold regular meeting on May 27.   

    

April 2, 2009

Georgia Senate attempts major changes in Health Insurance premiums and benefits.  Your immediate action is needed!

 

March 15, 2009

Governor proposes LARGE increase in monthly Health Insurance premiums.  Act now!

 

February 13, 2009

House and Senate Bills bring back "Alternative Investments"

 

September 22, 2008

Georgia House COLA Study Committee - Meetings Set

 

May 28, 2008

ERS June Board Meeting to be held Thursday June 19th

 

March 22, 2008

Senate Bill 80 Passes House Committee

 

February 19, 2008

Senate Bill 80

 

December 5, 2007

Reduction of COLA and ERS Funding Issues 

 

April 5, 2007

Update on Senate Bill 80

 

February 27, 2007 

Update on Senate Bill 80

  

February 4, 2007

Explanation of Senate Bill 80

 

 
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