“The standard monthly Part B premium and deductible will both decrease by just over 13 percent. This is a dramatic change from between 2010 and 2011 when they both increased by slightly more than 4 percent . . . .” (The Segal Company)
“Thousands of retirees from auto parts manufacturers that abandoned their pension plans will be able to get health care coverage through a groundbreaking arrangement that will use a special trust to tap federal premium subsidies.” (Business Insurance)
“The ADEA provisions notwithstanding, Medicare law requires that employers who are subject to the Medicare as secondary payer (MSP) rules provide the same group health plan coverage to workers and their dependents who have Medicare coverage as they provide for other workers and their dependents who are not Medicare-covered.” (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business / CCH)
“Health benefits for government retirees may not be eliminated if state andlocal governments had clearly promised workers those benefits, the California Supreme Court ruled in an Orange County case . . . .” (Los Angeles Times)
“Military retiree benefits cost the Pentagon $50 bil.lion a year. . . . There are 1.9 mil.lion military retirees drawing pay and benefits, compared to 1.5 mil.lion in the active duty force. In 2010, then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates said those costs are ‘eating the Defense Department alive.'” (NPR)
ALBANY, N.Y. (Reuters)—Seven New York state unions filed federal lawsuits on Wednesday seeking to prevent Gov. Andrew Cuomo from increasing the amount that retired workers pay for health care.