Medicine bonus for pensioners to be paid this week
By The Star Staff
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia and Government of Puerto Rico Retirement Board Executive Director Luis Collazo Rodríguez announced on Sunday that on or before this Friday, the government will pay the $100 to pensioners and beneficiaries for the medicines bonus.
“Around 93,626 pensioners and beneficiaries of the Government Employees Retirement System and the Judiciary will receive their medicine bonus payment,” the governor said in a written statement. “It has always been a priority to comply with our pensioners and safeguard their benefits. Despite the fiscal challenges, our administration has prioritized the payment of all pensions and we have guaranteed the benefits that correspond to them by law.”
Collazo Rodríguez noted that the total disbursement will be some $12.8 million for 127,781 pensioners and beneficiaries of the central government, judiciary and teachers retirement systems.
“Right now, the medicine bonus is essential and expected by most of our pensioners,” Collazo Rodríguez said. “We reaffirm our commitment to those who gave the best years of their lives to build the Puerto Rico of today.”
Annually, the three retirement systems grant by law a series of benefits for their eligible pensioners such as the employer contribution to the medical plan of $100 per month, the Christmas bonus of $200, the medication bonus of $100, and the summer bonus of $100 for judges, among others.