Bill to end legislator retirement health care heads to Gov. Snyder State Rep. Peter MacGregor recently voted in favor of a bill to eliminate retirement health care benefits for most Michigan legislators. House Bill 4087 ends a retirement healthcare program that covered former legislators after age 55. The bill eliminates benefits for most current members of the legislature, including Rep. MacGregor and all future lawmakers. Any lawmaker not already vested in the program by January 1, 2013 will be affected by the bill. They will receive no retirement healthcare benefits from the state. “We’ve asked Michigan residents to share in the sacrifice as we work to get our state back on track and we lawmakers needed to do our part as well,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “I’m proud to have voted to eliminate my own retirement healthcare benefits. These benefits end upon leaving most jobs and serving in the legislature should be no different.” Additionally, the House has increased transparency this year by posting all legislative salaries and benefits online to view at www.house.mi.gov/asp.
House Bill 4087
Lawmaker proud to support another commonsense reform in Lansing State Rep. Peter MacGregor recently voted in favor of House Bill 4087, ending retiree healthcare benefits for lawmakers. Currently, Michigan lawmakers who serve at least six years are eligible for health insurance funded by taxpayers beginning at age 55. The change would affect all legislators who took office as of Jan. 1, 2007, along with all future lawmakers. “Health care benefits end upon leaving most jobs, and serving in the legislature should be no different,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “Most workers have taken significant reductions in benefits, and I’m proud that we’re leading by example and ending a benefit our state cannot afford.” HB 4087 now goes to the senate for consideration.