VICTORY for “ORPHANS” After years of sounding the alarm, RPEN finally achieved success in working with legislative leaders to find a solution to the escalating insurance costs for our retired local government employees. This dwindling population has been stuck in a small high-risk insurance pool for years. A small working group of legislators met with RPEN and others to weigh different proposed solutions ultimately deciding on a phased approach for the state to pay a proportional cost of premiums to be consistent with other retirees. This increase in employer contributions will eventually be borne by the original employing agency. Our gratitude goes to the hard work of Senators Woodhouse and Parks; Assemblywomen Monroe-Moreno, Spiegel, Swank and Diaz. The staff of both the Senate Finance and Ways & Means Committees also played a major role in helping RPEN resolve this issue.