Court Blocks Controversial Medicare Switch for Retired NYC Workers
A judge’s decision delays the Oct. 31 deadline for former city employees to decide whether they want to move to private Medicare Advantage or pay for alternatives.
Sam Mellins · October 22, 2021
Mayor Bill de Blasio (left) announced a contract agreement with city worker union DC37 president Lillian Roberts (center) and labor commissioner Bob Linn in July 2014 | Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio/Ed Reed
Sam Mellins is senior reporter at New York Focus, which he has been a part of since launch day. His reporting has also appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Intercept, THE CITY, and The Nation.
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