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Why We Oppose HB 1463

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Feb 15, 2017 3:33:14 PM


Dear Friends and Members:

HB 1463 “Defined Contribution Only Option Plan” was heard by the Employment, Labor and Pension Committee yesterday. No vote was taken, just testimony. No one testified in favor or the bill, however the bill will probably be brought back next Tuesday morning for a vote.

We again reach out to you to call the committee members and your own representative and tell them to vote “NO” on HB 1463. The reasons are many and will be included along with a list of the committee members.

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Topics: pension

Medication Management Critical for Seniors

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Jan 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Missing doses of your medication, taking too many pills or experiencing a drug interaction can adversely affect your health.

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Topics: Health

What is Your Volunteer Profile? Take the Quiz!

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Dec 26, 2016 1:30:00 PM

When you volunteer, you help drive the social well-being of our country.

More than 62.6 million Americans volunteer approximately 8 billion hours of work for good causes. That’s an economic impact of more than $162 billion dollars.

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Topics: Volunteer

Find Your Voice on Legislative Issues

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Dec 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

As the 2017 General Assembly craft their biennial (two-year) budget, Indiana Retired Teacher Association members should remind their legislators how much retired educators support their communities. You have not seen an increase in your pensions since 2008.

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Topics: Legislature

Reminders About the Required Minimum Distributions

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Dec 12, 2016 9:08:10 AM

Heading quickly to the end of the year, many of you may have not taken your Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). Hopefully, you will be reminded by your financial advisor to do so soon.

You don’t want to miss out on some opportunities to help you avoid costly mistakes and additional taxes.

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Healthy Habits for the Holidays and Winter

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Dec 6, 2016 7:57:35 AM

Now that the holidays and cooler weather are upon us, we may need to have a little more motivation to eat right and to take care of ourselves.

We all want good health in our golden years. Here are some tips:

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Topics: Health

What to Consider Before Voting

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Nov 28, 2016 9:11:14 AM

 The Indiana Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) is focused on the election season and we hope that you are as well. 

A “good voter” is a term used to describe an active and informed member of the voting community. While there are several key factors in exercising our voter muscle, the first is that we always vote!


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Topics: Legislature

Student Assessment Data Reporting Tool for Teachers

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Nov 3, 2016 12:31:57 PM

We recently had conversations with two local elementary teachers and asked them: "What resources would be valuable to YOU in your classroom?" 

Their answer was surprising, at first.

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Topics: Educator Resources

State Budget Surplus Should Fund PSF

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Jul 27, 2016 2:30:40 PM

After reading Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s press release on July 25, 2016, I ask that you join me in emailing or writing him to suggest what he should do with the state's $50 million dollar budget surplus.

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Topics: Legislature

Health Savings Accounts Help Grow Your Retirement Funds

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Jul 11, 2016 12:12:02 PM

If you have a high-deductible health insurance plan, a government subsidized health savings account (HSA) can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in health care costs over your lifetime. An HSA can save you more than 25 percent on your health care expenses, maybe more, depending on your tax bracket.

Unfortunately, many people lack the knowledge about the program. So, it is important that you educate yourself about the advantages.

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Topics: finance, Health

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