The latest record on the ground has shown that more than 64,000 retired city workers have opted out of a controversial Medicare plan that Mayor Eric Adams’ administration is hoping to implement despite legal concerns.
Earlier this month, the Medicare Advantage plan, first introduced by former Mayor Bill de Blasio, was blocked from going into effect after Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lyle Frank ruled that a critical aspect violated longstanding local administrative laws.
Adams and his legal team quickly filed a notice to appeal the ruling, maintaining that the plan is a better alternative for the city’s retired workforce than their current traditional Medicare coverage.
Sources said despite the appeal, tens of thousands of retirees had rejected the plan over concerns that it would shortchange their benefits.
According to reports, as of March 20, 64,489 retirees and their family members had opted out of being automatically enrolled in the new plan — more than a quarter of the municipal government’s roughly 250,000 retired workers.