OPPOSE CUTS TO RETIREE HEALTH INSURANCE – Parts S and T of S2005/A3005

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OPPOSE CUTS TO RETIREE HEALTH INSURANCE

Parts S and T of S2005/A3005

Public Protection and General Government Budget Bill

The New York State AFL-CIO, representing 2.5 million union workers and their families, as well as our retirees and their families opposes the above referenced legislation.

Part S proposes to cap the state’s reimbursement for Medicare Part B premiums for state employees. This proposal has been repeatedly rejected by the legislature as it is an unfair increase in cost for those who can least afford it.  

Part T proposes to increase the share of retired state employee health insurance premiums prospectively. The increase would be based on years of service and pay grade. This follows health insurance increases already put in place for retirees over the last several years.

This proposal is not only an unfair increase in the cost of retiree health insurance, but since it would apply to current employees in their future retirement, it is a subject of collective bargaining and has no place in the Executive Budget proposal. This proposal has also been rejected by the legislature.

The vast majority of retired state employees live on modest and/or fixed incomes. Changes like this proposal can result in financial instability and in some cases poverty. This federation not only urges the legislature to reject both of these proposals but we urge passage of legislation that would protect all public sector retiree health insurance from such budgetary attacks in the future. School district employees already have such protections and it is time we enact the same law for all other public sector workers.

Therefore, this Federation urges this bill be defeated.

For further information, contact the Legislative Department at 518-436-8516.