It may seem unfair to a minority of current seniors who would now be required to enroll in Medicare Part B after choosing not to do so when they turned 65.
Indeed, it would dramatically reduce the cost of the prefunding mandate.Half the savings would come from providing federal health plans with the low-cost prescription drugs from large pharmaceutical companies made possible by the Medicare Modernization Act.But Oversight and Government Reform Chairman (D-Va.) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) to strengthen an agency that is crucial to the .4 trillion mailing industry that employs 7 million private sector workers and 600,000 postal employees across the country. It proposes to adopt private sector best practice to reduce the cost of future retiree health benefits by integrating federal health insurance coverage of postal senior citizens (age 65 and older) with Medicare.The USPS has been operationally profitable for the past three years, but a 2006 law that transformed a long-term liability for future retiree health benefits into an unaffordable short-term liability (.5 billion annually) has obscured the agency’s e-commerce fueled comeback from the Great Recession. The vast majority (80 percent) of postal retirees already do this at age 65 by signing up for Medicare Parts A and B.That law created the red ink you’ve read about – it uniquely requires the USPS to prefund future retiree health benefits decades in advance and accounts for 90 percent of reported losses since 2007, and 100 percent of losses reported since 2013. But if most of the rest were also enrolled, as proposed by H. 5714, the cost of retiree health insurance would go down for all active and retired postal employees.
Average premiums would be reduced by approximately 10 percent -- a savings that will amount to billions of dollars over time.