NYC Medicare Disadvantage: Court Delivers Victory for 250K City Retirees, But Will It Turn Out to Be a Bandaid?
April 6, 2022
In “NYC Medicare Disadvantage: Court delivers victory for 250K city retirees, but will it turn out to be a bandaid?” (The Indypendent, April 6, 2022), New York City’s plan to move 250,000 retired municipal workers from Medicare to an inferior, privately run plan and a ruling by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lyle Frank which stopped this from going into effect, is discussed. Pollock Cohen partner Steve Cohen represents the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees, which filed the lawsuit.
New York City Corporation Counsel filed a notice that it plans to appeal the decision. With respect to that appeal, Cohen noted, “The city has six months to file its appeal, so the Medicare Advantage Plus plan will be on hold at least that long. The “nuclear option” the administration could use, he worries, is that since the ruling said the city couldn’t charge retirees for staying with Senior Care as long as it gave them that option, it could simply stop offering it.”
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