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Act NOW to Save Retirees Healthcare!

As discussed at the Sept. 13, 2002, Retirees Assn. General Membership meeting, the City of New York is trying to impose upon City retirees the Medicare Advantage Plan. This plan was dismissed as unlawful by Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Lyle Frank because NYC Admin. Code 12-126 prohibits charging retirees for health care. This code provision must be preserved!

Retirees have over the past months held demonstrations, raised their voices, and campaigned against the Medicare Advantage Plan.The City would additionally impose a monthly penalty of $191.00 on retirees who opted out of the plan. Mayor Adams and the Office of Labor Relations (OLR) have asked the City Council to change NYC Administrative Code 12-126 in order to allow City retirees to be charged for health care coverage if they opt out of the managed care plan.

Below are sample letters/ call scripts you can use to contact the City Council TODAY!

For NYC Residents:
Date_________________
Dear _________________,
My name is _______________ and I reside at _________________. I am a retired/active
(choice) New York City employee. When I began employment with the City of New York, I did so without the expectation of wealth. Municipal employment afforded me some job security, a
pension and health care for life. I am asking that you and your office reject any attempts by the
City of New York to change any provisions/ language that is identified or outlined in the NYC
Administrative Code 12–126.
Sincerely,
John / Jane Doe.
For Non-NYC Residents:
Date_________________
Dear _________________,
My name is ______________ and I am a member of the DC 37 Retirees Association Political
Action Committee. I am a retired/active (choice) New York City employee. When I began
employment with the City of New York, I did so without the expectation of wealth. Municipal
employment afforded me some job security, a pension and health care for life. I am asking that you and your office reject any attempts by the City of New York to change any provisions/
language that is identified or outlined in the NYC Administrative Code 12–126.
Sincerely,
John / Jane Doe
In addition to sending a letter:
  • Please phone your complaints regarding proposed changes to city retiree health care to City Council member Carmen De La Rose (District 10 – Manhattan). She is the Chair of the Civil Service & Labor Committee of the New York City Council. You can reach her district office at 917-521-2616 or her legislative office at 212-788-7053.
  • Please also call your own City Council member and raise the same complaints. You can find your City Council member and their contact information by typing your home address into the “Who Represents Me? NYC” website at https://www.mygovnyc.org/
Use the letters above as call scripts when contacting the City Council.

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  • Do you want to fight for more affordable prescription drugs for you and your family?
  • Do you want to preserve our quality, affordable healthcare coverage?
  • Do you want a strong voice in issues affecting older adults -- from affordable housing and transportation to preventing cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid?

If you answered yes to any of these questions it’s time to consider joining the DC 37 Retirees Association -- with more than 50,000 members. Along with DC 37, we are part of over 1.6 million active and retired members in AFSCME nationwide -- the strongest and most respected public services union in the country.

We consistently fight for the interests our members. Since so many of the issues important to retirees are impacted by the actions of elected officials, we maintain a strong presence in the corridors of government, fighting to protect our members and holding politicians accountable for their actions. We stand ready to do the same for you.

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