While the NYC Medicare Advantage Plus plan is sound, the program has suffered from serious implementation problems and poor legal arguments, particularly on the part of the city. Given the judge’s order today, the UFT is withdrawing its support for starting the NYC Medicare Advantage Plus plan on April 1.
UFT retirees will be receiving an increased Optional Rider reimbursement at the beginning of March. Checks are mailed to most retirees automatically.
A New York Daily News article about the new NYC Medicare Advantage Plus plan published on Jan. 21 suggested inaccurately that Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center would not be in network.
Under the supervision of a state court judge, the city and the administrators of the NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan have been working hard to improve the flow of information to city retirees and medical providers about the new plan’s procedures and benefits. The judge ruled on Dec. 14 that the new plan will take effect on April 1.