To the Editor: It is disingenuous for the Municipal Labor Committee led by Harry Nespoli to claim that all city unions agreed to the Medicare Advantage Retiree plan. It was a weighted vote with District Council 37 and the United Federation of Teachers carrying the decision to change plans.

If Mr. Nespoli and the MLC are so intent on saving health-care funds, why haven't they agreed to consolidate the 90 city welfare and annuity Funds with duplicative administrative costs? Why haven't city unions agreed to reduce the five NYC pension funds down to only three like New York State? These actions would save enormous administrative costs and allow for greater funding for good health coverage.

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer in October 2020 released a report highlighting the financial shortcomings of the current welfare and annuity funds. Why not combine the pension funds for the Police and Fire departments? Why not combine the Board of Education Retirement System and the Teachers' Retirement System? Why shortchange NYC retirees while protecting union financial interests?

Sadly, NYC unions don't put the needs of their members first over their corporate union interests. Retirees are still waiting to see the Evidence of Coverage document on the Medicare Advantage plan. The 44-page summary mailed to retirees is not the contract. How about some transparency?


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No Medicare Advantage for my family. We will (unhappily) pay the $192/month for my wife and me (over $4,000 for the year) to keep our GHI Senior Care. I don't trust the process or the people who set up the Medicare Advantage plan. For them, the end justifies the means, and retirees' healthcare is being chopped for political as well as economic reasons.

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