NEW YORK, October 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A Delaware The judge halted the state’s efforts to move all of its 30,000 retired state employees out of their traditional Medicare supplemental plan to Medicare Advantage. The Court found that government officials provided inadequate and/or misleading information about the nature of Medicare Advantage, which provides significantly lower benefits than traditional Medicare, and has been the subject of dozens of fraud lawsuits.
“We are relieved and delighted that the Court has put an end to this unwanted change to our health insurance benefits,” said Thomas Penozaclaimant and retiree Delaware employee. “It’s justice for retirees who worked for their existing benefits, who were promised those benefits and rightly believed that together we could fight back.”
The deputy. Calvin Scottof the Superior Court of Delaware granted an interim order in favor of plaintiffs in the lawsuit against State of Delaware officials brought in by RISE Delaware, an advocacy group for retirees from State of Delaware, and two individuals. The lawsuit asks to stop from Delaware implementing its incorrectly adopted HighMark Medicare Advantage plan to replace the longstanding traditional Medicare benefit earned by state retirees. Based on the record that state officials failed to uphold basic open government laws, the court suspended implementation of the Medicare Advantage plan, pending a final trial on the merits.
“We believe everyone should have access to affordable, high-quality healthcare,” said Sara Haviva Mark, senior attorney at Pollock Cohen. “Health care is a human right, not a luxury that only the privileged should be able to obtain. We are proud to have represented pensioners in these two cases, who are too often treated as expendables, and who deserve the fundamental right get the health care they need.”
The Delaware the case follows a similar victory for 250,000 New York City retired in March 2022. Both bands were represented by partner Pollock Cohen Steve Cohen and Jacques Gardener of Walden Macht & Haran. Ms Mark successfully supported the Delaware case and David Felix of Bailey Glasser in Wilmington, Del. Served as co-counsel.
SOURCE Pollock Cohen