Federal Superannuates National Association (FSNA)

Federal Superannuates National Association (FSNA)

November 15, 2013 15:58 ET

Federal Retirees Share Fears and Concerns About Health Insurance

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Nov. 15, 2013) - Today, members of the National Association of Federal Retirees (FSNA) in the Outaouais area met with their members of Parliament to express fears that Treasury Board President Tony Clement will reportedly double their health insurance costs under the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP). Members of Parliament Françoise Boivin, Mylène Freeman, Mathieu Ravignat and Nycole Turmel listened with concern to more than 100 of their constituents who would be affected by the rumoured changes, many of whom would be forced to choose between continuing health care coverage and maintaining daily, necessary household expenses.

"Federal retirees served Canada with honour and dedication during their careers. Their compensation includes their post-retirement benefits, it was negotiated," says Gérald Denis, FSNA's National Director for Québec. "This is what they worked for. To rescind part of that compensation now is to break a promise - to roll back deferred compensation after services have been rendered."

Media reports in July 2013 alerted federal retirees to the Treasury Board's alleged plans to proceed with non-negotiable changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) that would effectively double health insurance costs for federal retirees and change future retirees' eligibility for the plan.

"This issue is about more than balancing budgets and ensuring the public service is affordable for Canadians," added Denis. "This is about honour, and it is about whether or not the Government of Canada will meet the moral obligations it has to its retired employees, judges and veterans."

FSNA is the largest national advocacy organization representing over 186,000 active and retired members of the federal public sector. Our members include federal public servants, veterans of the Canadian Forces and the RCMP and federally-appointed judges, as well as their partners and survivors. FSNA is a not-for-profit association with 83 branches across Canada that is focused on elevating retirement income and health care security for all Canadians. Even in retirement, Canada's public servants and veterans are proud to continue to serve Canadians.

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