The battle between the City and retired municipal workers regarding their health care choices continues, but most recently, the latter notched another win. The City wants to shift the retirees to a privately run health care plan, claiming it would save the city as much as $600 million each year. But not so fast. The retirees had been promised the option of traditional Medicare with a City-paid supplemental plan, and most of them have taken advantage of it. On May 21, a State Supreme Court Appellate Division panel upheld a previous court’s finding that the mandating of a switch to a private for-private medical insurance, would strip the retirees of the guarantees made to them for decades, and that therefore, “the City cannot now mandate the proposed change eliminating that choice.”

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


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