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2013 UFT Welfare Fund HIPAA Privacy Notification
The Welfare Fund is required by law to maintain the privacy of protected health information. The 2013 UFT Welfare Fund HIPAA Privacy Notification describes how medical information about you can be used and how you can get access to this information.
The Welfare Fund may use and disclose health information under certain circumstances. In other cases, your written permission is required.
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Unions' health benefits not up for bids
A state judge on Sept. 30 granted a preliminary injunction to the Municipal Labor Committee, a coalition of labor unions representing nearly 500,000 city workers, ordering the Bloomberg administration not to put its health benefits contract for city employees up for bids.
State Supreme Court Justice Melvin Schweitzer agreed with the unions’ claim that the administration did not have the right to unilaterally seek to impose changes to municipal employees’ health benefit plans without first negotiating with MLC.
In court, lawyers for the MLC cited an agreement in force since 1992 guaranteeing both the MLC and the city joint participation in “all aspects of the procurement process” regarding health benefits.
Ignoring that agreement, the Bloomberg administration — without the MLC’s knowledge or participation — worked with an outside vendor for more than six months to craft a Request for Proposals.
In response, the MLC filed suit and is now prepared to handle any challenges the city may bring forth.