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Professional Firefighters Association
of
New Jersey
Alumni Association

Welcome to the home for the PFANJ Alumni Association.

The Association was created in the interest of keeping our retirees informed.

Alumni Association Director:
Robert Mahan
rmahan@pfanj.org
Retired
Jersey City - Fire Officers
Local 1064


**Note: all documents are in .pdf format - Acrobat Reader required

Click here for an important letter for your Alumni Association Director.


NEWS...

Marty Barrett for PFRS Trustee as the Representative for Retired Members

Ballots have been mailed out to all retired members to vote for the one representative the retired members are afforded to represent them on the PFRS Board.  The PFANJ is honored to endorse Marty Barrett to be re-elected as the retired representative for all retired Fire Fighters and Police Officers on the PFRS board of trustees.

Marty has been representing the retired members for over 18 years as a member of the PFRS board and for a period of 8 years had served as its chairman.  Marty has the knowledge and experience to represent the retired members.  Marty has represented you with a passion that is almost unmatched.cx

I respectfully ask that the retired members vote for Marty Barrett to continue as the retired members representative.

Dominick


Union Victory on Retiree Rx Copays

On Friday, March 20, 2015, the Union victory in the fight over raising retiree prescription drug copays without the authority of the Plan Design Committee was finalized.

In 2012, without a resolution of the State Health Benefit Plan Design Committee, the NJ Division of Pensions and Benefits unilaterally implemented increases in retiree prescription copay increases for 2013.

The unions took the state to court and on December 31, 2014 the Superior Court unanimousy ruled in favor of the unions.

On Friday, March 20, 2015, the State Health Benefits Design Committee unanimously voted for a solution that finalized the Superior Court decision that struct down the unilateral management retiree prescription copay increases in the years 2013, 2014 and 2015.
 
The committee was presented with three possible solutions to rectify the overpayment of copays in the aforementioned years. Unfortunately, the monumental task of calculating payments to each individual member would have resulted in another year of delay in payments to our retirees and owing to medicare regulations some members would have actually owed money to the federal government. 

The solution approved provides compensation by reducing or eliminating Rx copays for retirees for the period from July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

Retiree Rx copays and out of pocket maximums will return to the 2012 level as a baseline for negotiating new copays for 2016.
 
The decision in superior court was a landmark decision, in that it clarifies the authority of the Plan Design Committee to negotiate plans going forward and cuts off management attempts to circumvent the Plan Design Committee. 
 
The terms of Rx copays for retirees for the rest of 2015 are as follows:
 
For the period from now to June 30, 2015, copays will remain as they are currently.

 
For the period from July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015 copays for NJ Direct 10 and 15 (and their Aetna equivalent plans will be:  


Tier

Retail

Mail (3 Months)

Generic

$0

$0

Name Brand

$3

$3

Non Preferred

$11

$11

For the $10 HMO Plans:  


Tier

Retail

Mail (3 Months)

Generic

$1

$1

Name Brand

$6

$6

Non Preferred

$17

$17

The maximum out of pocket will be $1,351 per person which is the 2012 rate will apply for 2015.


State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) For Retired Members

State Health Benefits Program Changes

Click Here - Chapter 330 2016 Summary of Benefits and Coverage

Click Here - Chapter 330 2017 Rates

Click Here - Chapter 330 2016 Rates

SPECIAL NOTE FOR CHAPTER 330 RETIREES

Below is a link to the State Health Benefits Website and a printable change form.

Chapter 330 Coverage Change Form
http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/epbam/exhibits/pdf/hr0809.pdf

Link to State Health Benefits Website
http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/


Important information for all Retirees covered by the State Health Benefits Program - click here.

 

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