Here’s the latest on health care negotiations, James.
In ten years, we have seen the City’s cost for health care rise from some $5 billion to $11 billion. Despite our successes in sheltering our members and their families from these rising costs, increases of this magnitude are not sustainable if we want to continue to have access to quality, premium-free health care.
Over the past few months, the UFT has worked tirelessly with fellow unionists on the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC) to deal with the rising cost of health care, while ensuring no loss of benefits or diminishment in the quality of care.
The MLC has developed a custom Medicare Advantage Group Plan — a plan unlike any other Medicare Advantage program in existence. This new plan not only mirrors and improves on the GHI Senior Care Plan, it also includes aggressive oversight to protect member benefits.
Most importantly, under this plan, retirees will still have premium-free access to the same providers and hospitals they now use.
|Next Steps in the Process|
|Negotiations have been conducted with several health care providers.|
|An independent mediator has made his recommendation for the health care provider with the strongest benefits for retired municipal employees.|
|MLC votes on the agreement.|
|The MLC will schedule information sessions for retired municipal employees.|
|An Open Enrollment period will be available for retired municipal employees.|
|The UFT is here to help you during this time and will continue to send you updates as they develop.|