MRSPA Legislation Program

MRSPA advocates for its almost 14,000 members.  MRSPA works to protect defined benefit pensions and a secure retirement for all Marylanders.

SAFETY

 

MRSPA advocates preventing abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults, and supports legislation to reduce crime and violence against seniors. The State continues to work to identify best practices in an effort to combat elder abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

PENSION PROTECTION 

 

MRSPA works to protect defined benefit pensions and a secure retirement for all Marylanders. Pensions contribute to the state economy and promote personal financial security. Full actuarial funding of the state pension system and the legislated make-up contributions to the system are economically, legally, and morally important, while ensuring sustainability of the pension fund.

CONSUMER PROTECTION

 

MRSPA supports legislation that provides protection from identity theft, fraud, and scams for seniors and vulnerable adults. Theft of funds from investment portfolios and other financial accounts is of great concern. MRSPA supports legislation that protects all seniors, especially those with diminished capacity, from financial exploitation.

HEALTH CARE  

 

MRSPA supports legislation that provides full-funding of local school systems as they provide health benefits/options for retired school personnel. MRSPA supports legislation to control the cost of prescription drugs.

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Technology

MRSPA supports legislation and grant programs to promote access to computers, the internet, and training to decrease the isolation of seniors and to close the digital divide. Lack of access to broadband, Wi-Fi, and internet-based programs limit access to telehealth/telemedicine, connections with family and friends, and access to news and other current information.

QUALITY OF LIFE

 

MRSPA supports services and communities to help older adults age in place and supports programs to help older adults remain healthy, active and independent.

LONG TERM CARE

 

MRSPA supports legislation to address the rising cost of long term care insurance. Older adults who invested in long term care insurance to provide for their own care are faced with unreasonable price increases or a loss of benefits. These increases are prohibitively expensive and should be negotiable and greatly limited.

Education

MRSPA supports public education in all Maryland jurisdictions, including pre-school and lifelong learning options. State support for these programs is essential to forming an educated and productive citizenry.

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CIVIC PARTICIPATION

MRSPA supports legislation that protects the right of every eligible citizen to vote. Of special concern to our members are voter ID requirements, access to the ballot box, absentee and mail in voting laws, and restrictions on the time and place of voting.