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County Retirees Sue Over New Healthcare Plan


On Thursday, September 28th, New York Supreme Court Justice Masler heard arguments in the case of Johnson, et al. Vs. Cortland County and County Administrator, Robert Corpora. The hearing was in regards to Article 78 lawsuit brought by 125 retired county employees against the county.

Article 78 proceedings are lawsuits mainly used to challenge an action (or inaction) by agencies of New York State and local governments.

Both the County and County Administrator are being sued to stop them from forcing county retirees off of their Federal Medicare benefits and into a private, limited network, for-profit plan administered by UnitedHealthCare.

“This scheme violates the agreements made with the retirees for their health insurance coverage in retirement. Yesterday’s hearing was on the issue of the retirees’ request for a Temporary Restraining Order against the County, for an injunction to restrain the county from forcing the retirees out of Medicare during the litigation.” Edward Goehler, Edward Goehler Law Offices of Cortland, said in a release.

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