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Blog Posts from January 2012

January 10, 2012 1:36 pm

Important News for Massachusetts Public Retirees

On November 18, 2011 Governor Deval Patrick signed Chapter 176 of the Acts of 2011, “An Act Providing for Pension Reform and Benefit Modernization.”  One section of this law allows retirees who retired under Chapter 32 of the Massachusetts General Laws on or before May 17, 2004 choosing Option A or B, and then married a person of the same sex on or before May 17, 2005 to change to Option C retroactive to their retirement date.  Option C allows for a spouse to continue receiving a monthly retirement income after the retiree dies.  This option is also available for the surviving spouse of a retiree provided the conditions above are met.  Chapter 32 of the General Laws covers most Massachusetts state, county and municipal employees, including public school teachers.

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