Sending Office: Honorable Daniel Lipinski
October 29, 2019
Stand up for those who stood up for us, cosponsor the Public Safety Retirees Healthcare Protection Act (H.R. 4897)
Endorsing groups: National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
I invite you to join me in cosponsoring legislation affirming our commitment to hardworking public safety employees as they face mounting healthcare costs in retirement.
In 2006, Congress enacted and the President signed into law the Pension Protection Act. This legislation included an important provision for local public safety officers – employees like firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency responders –
known as the Healthcare Enhancement for Local Public Safety (HELPS) Retirees Act. Specifically, the HELPS provision allowed retired public safety officers to allocate up to $3,000 annually from their pensions toward health or long-term care insurance premiums
on a pre-tax basis.
This is an important benefit for these retirees, many of whom face a financial penalty due to a shorter career resulting from mandatory early retirement. Unfortunately, the $3,000 HELPS limit has remained flat since enactment, eroding the value of the benefit
even as healthcare expenses continue to grow faster than inflation. My legislation would double the limit to $6,000. Join me in becoming a cosponsor of H.R. 4897 to recognize the service of all who have worked to keep us safe in communities across the nation.
If you would like to become a cosponsor or need additional information, please contact Sofya Leonova in my office at email@example.com or (202)225-5701.
DANIEL W. LIPINSKI
Member of Congress
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