UPDATED MARCH 13,2022
WELCOME! To the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees Newsletter!
Today is Sunday, March 13th.
There are no updates to report, so we ask that you remain calm and not feed into rumors or speculation. We have to wait while the City determines how to proceed. When we have more information, we will report back.
We are asking that you sign this petition that asks the Mayor not to appeal the Court’s decision and permit us to have a choice of healthcare plans. The City filed for appeal the day after we won, which we knew they would if they lost. We are asking the mayor to work with us and not go to back to Court. Please share it with your family and friends, as well.
GHI Senior Care Co Pays: since the Judge did not decide on the issue of the newly imposed Co-Pays, (once you meet your deductible, they will go into effect) please pay them and keep your receipts.
We added more videos to our YouTube channel.
We are advising that retirees continue opting out as long as the Alliance is accepting opt outs. This tells the City, “This plan stinks and we don’t want it!” If they ever do bring it back, the city will have to restart the implementation process.
If you need help please go to our website: OPT OUT
Your friends, and retirees in SOLIDARITY…
The NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees
TO DONATE TO THE LEGAL FUND
Donation Instructions to Support Our Class Action Suit Against the City To Protect Our Retiree Healthcare:
We worked decades for our benefits! Let’s make sure the City and the MLC don’t take them away!
A suggested $25 Donation* will help start the fight to keep our current benefits. Give more if you can, and/or often! If you cannot meet the minimum suggested donation, we appreciate whatever you can give towards this fight for our benefits. We also added the option to make your donation recurring (monthly) as was requested.
The fundraiser group is incorporated as a Non-Profit. ALL proceeds go to fund the legal challenge and not to anyone in the Organization. Volunteer retirees are running this effort.
TO DONATE, HERE ARE 4 SIMPLE WAYS!
1.Zelle using email NYCOrgofpublicserviceretirees@gmail.com
2. Make your check out to:
NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees PO Box 941
Venice, FL 34284 (our treasurer lives in FL)
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courtesy of the nypd sba:
Disposition re: NYC Medicare Advantage Litigation-March 3, 2022
The Honorable Judge Lyle E. Frank, Justice hearing the case of NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees INC Et al. vs Renee Campion, City of New York, Office of Labor Relations has made a decision regarding the Medicare Advantage Plus Plan implementation and guidelines.
The Court has ruled, based on its interpretation of New York City Administrative Code Section 12-126, retirees and their Medicare qualified dependents, currently enrolled in GHI-Senior Care, that elect to “opt out” of being automatically enrolled in the NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan (MA- Plan), may not be debited, via a pension premium deduction ($191.00), for opting enrollment in their current GHI-Senior Care Plan.
“The respondent is permanently enjoined from passing along any costs of the New York City retirees’ current plan to the retiree or to any of their dependents, except where such plan rises above the H.I.P.-H.M.O. threshold, as provided by New York City Administrative Code Section 12-126…”
The preliminary injunction previously put into place is lifted*, except that:
Enrollment in the Medicare Advantage Plan may not occur until at least April 1, 2022, and retirees shall have the option of opting out of the Medicare Advantage Plan for not less than three months following the effective date of the Medicare Advantage Plan;**
The respondent is permanently enjoined from passing along any costs of the New York City retirees’ current plan to the retiree or to any of their dependents, except where such plan rises above the H.I.P. – H.M.O. threshold, as provided by New York City Administrative Code Section 12-126;
The respondent shall ensure that all retirees and dependents of such retirees pay the deductible for only one plan for the calendar year 2022.
* This mean NYC-OLR can begin the process of implementation of the New York City Medicare Advantage Plus Plan.
** Medicare Participants must “opt out” of participation in the New York City Medicare Advantage Plus Plan to remain in their current plan (GHI- Senior Care) at a zero premium.
The NYC-OLR /Municipal Labor Committee (MLC) is sure to appeal this decision to the Appellate Court. There are still many unanswered questions.
This is a BIG WIN for those retirees who wish to maintain GHI Senior Care as their traditional Medicare supplemental coverage at a zero premium.
We will keep you informed when any update or changes become available.