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January 31, 2023

With deadline passed, Medicare amendment appears doomed: But PSC union’s ‘third way’ proposal has some traction

The city’s oft-stalled intention to switch roughly 250,000 retired municipal workers to a private Medicare provider from their traditional Medicare plan will go ahead without affording the retirees an option to keep a popular health program.

January 30, 2023

Mayor Adams plows ahead with plan to privatize health benefits for 250,000 NYC municipal retirees

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is showing no signs of stopping an already-delayed plan to switch 250,000 retired municipal workers from traditional Medicare to a private Medicare Advantage plan – with or without the cooperation of the City Council or the support of retirees themselves.

January 21, 2023

CUNY requires students and employees to be fully vaccinated for Spring semester, but no need for boosters

CUNY students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend spring classes, although they do not have to show that they have got booster shots, CUNY officials recently announced.

January 19, 2023

Adams Blasted for Proposed Library Cuts

Library staff, community leaders, students, and parents on Tuesday evening rallied against proposed budget cuts for libraries citywide in front of Queens Borough Public Library’s Sunnyside branch.

January 18, 2023

Responses to the State of the State, NYC Budget

Statement on Governor Hochul’s State of the State We are heartened to see Gov. Hochul commit to continuing implementation of her vision for the transformation of our state’s higher education system in her State of the State policy book. After years of public disinvestment, she committed last year to increase…

January 16, 2023

Is Adams’ Medicare Advantage ploy ‘a game of chicken?’

About midway through Monday’s City Council hearing on Mayor Eric Adams’s demand that a Medicare Advantage plan become the only no-premium healthcare option for municipal retirees, Council Member Lincoln Restler (D-Greenpoint) pondered out loud, “Is this all a game of chicken?” He was referring not just to the high stakes…

January 12, 2023

Retirees want NYC to say no to Medicare Advantage

This time next week, New York City might be switching out the Medicare coverage it has traditionally given retired city workers and their dependents, and instead signing them up for coverage with a privately managed “Medicare Advantage” or Medicare Part C health insurance plan.

January 11, 2023

Protect Our Health Care

PSC Urges City Council to Oppose Shifting Retiree Healthcare to Medicare Advantage Offers Alternative Plan to Protect Health Insurance of 250,000 Municipal Retirees President James Davis, Barbara Caress, a healthcare policy expert from the Zicklin School at Baruch College, and Jennifer Gaboury, chair of the PSC chapter at Hunter College,…

January 9, 2023

CUNY union testifies against potential switch to Medicare Advantage healthcare plan

City retirees and union members testified Monday against a proposed change to an administrative code that would shift the healthcare plan for roughly 250,000 retirees to Medicare Advantage, a privatized version of the current healthcare plan.

January 9, 2023

A better way for retiree health care

For more than half a century, New York City has kept a covenant with its workers: your wages will be modest — lower than those of your counterparts in the suburbs or the private sector — but as a full-time employee you will be entitled to health care coverage without…

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