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Washington Report – Nov. 20, 2019

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: November 21, 2019

Get the early bird rate by registering by Dec. 1 for NAPO’S 32nd Annual Police, Fire, EMS & Municipal Employee Pension & Benefits Seminar to be held at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 26-28, 2020; NAPO’s President Mick McHale sits on the National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide, a program of the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance’s National Officer Safety Initiatives. Over the next year, the Consortium will lead a national conversation around the issue of law enforcement suicide. The result will be a comprehensive report with recommendations on research and data collection improvements; suicide awareness and prevention tools; and resources for law enforcement officers, agencies, and family members; NAPO has pledged it support for the Public Safety Retirees Healthcare Protection Act (H.R. 4897). Under the previously passed HELPS Retirees Act, retired public safety officers can use up to $3,000 annually from their pension funds tax-free, including defined benefit plans and defined contribution plans, to pay for qualified health insurance premiums. The Public Safety Retirees Healthcare Protection Act would increase that amount up to $6,000; NAPO also endorsed the Expanding Health Care Options for Early Retirees Act (H.R. 4527 / S. 2552), which would allow retired public safety officers ages 50 to 64 to buy-in to Medicare; NAPO supports the Stop the Importation and Manufacturing of Synthetic Analogues (SIMSA) Act (S. 2764 / H.R. 4963), that would combat the manufacturing and importation of fentanyl from countries such as China and Mexico. For more information on these and other legislative initiatives, please click on the Nov. 20, 2019 Washington Report and related links below.

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