The battle between the city and city retirees determined to keep their traditional Medicare benefits continues, with two government officials joining the fray on the latters’ side. Bronx Congressman Ritchie Torres, along with Staten Island Congresswomen Nicole Malliotakis have introduced a bill into the House of Representatives that would bar employers from involuntarily switching people into private Medicare Advantage plans, from government-administered plans, specifically, traditional Medicare. The legislation is called “Right to Medicare Act.” And right behind that move, nearly 3 dozen former city labor officials sent a letter to the City Council, calling out leaders of powerful municipal unions who are on the city’s side, among them DC 37’s Henry Garrido, UFT’s Michael Mulgrew, and United Sanitationmen’s Association’s Harry Nespoli.

Read the full story by Richard Khavkine for The Chief-Leader, published September 15, 2023, here:,51131


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