Union retirees in New York City have been protesting and filing lawsuits for two years, aiming to keep their traditional Medicare and Senior Care plans, which are under attack. Currently, the City pays Medicare premiums, and Senior Care takes care of almost all costs not covered by Medicare, as well as drug benefits. But on Mar. 9, NYC’s Municipal Labor Committee voted against the retirees’ best interests, in an effort to put 250,000 of the retired workers into a for-profit Medicare Advantage plan run by Aetna. Among many disadvantages, the plan will only pay for care by certain doctors and hospitals, and will delay and deny care to protect their profit margins.
Read the full story by Jenny Brown for LaborNotes, published March 10, 2023, here: https://labornotes.org/2023/03/new-york-city-retirees-fight-their-own-unions-stop-catastrophic-health-care-cuts