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Retired state workers sue over increased cost of health benefits

Retired state workers sue over increased cost of health benefits

Forty-thousand Retired Public Employees Association members are suing Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York

Forty-thousand Retired Public Employees Association members are suing Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York state for trying to make them pay a larger portion of their health insurance costs.

The suit was filed on Thursday in state Supreme Court in Albany County and calls on the governor to roll back a two percent increase in the rate he wants retirees to pay toward the cost of their health insurance premiums.

Stan Winter, RPEA president, said in a press release, "When we retired from the State there was a promise that our percentage cost would remain stable — now the administration feels that since they negotiated new contracts they can extend them to non-represented retirees. The Taylor Law does not allow retirees to participate in collective bargaining and therefore, it is blatantly illegal to apply such agreements to those who have already retired."

Civil Service Law guarantees that former state employees who retired after Jan. 1, 1983, would only pay 10 percent of their health insurance premiums for individual coverage and 25 percent for family coverage. The costs of the plans are set by health insurance carriers.

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