Dear Acting Administrator Slavitt:
The National Correctional Employees Union represents correctional employees at county sheriff’s departments throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania and New York. On behalf of these hard working men and women, I urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as it develops the final payment rates for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, to reverse its proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage Retiree Coverage which also goes by the term employer group waiver plans (EGWPs).
Across this great nation, labor unions like ours have fought hard to secure important benefits like retiree health care coverage. However, with this proposed change by CMS, these hard fought benefits would be undermined.
Medicare Advantage Retiree Coverage has provided the type of important, stable care that millions of union members have come to rely on. It provides care focused on prevention and early detection of chronic diseases. Beyond MA’s proven track record of positive outcomes for patients, these plans also provide hard working families financial peace of mind in their retirement.
All across the country, union workers, rely on MA plans and the peace of mind they provide. They are a critical component of care for retired workers and we urge you to stand with us to protect funding for Medicare Advantage Retiree Coverage in 2017 and beyond.
Thank you for your consideration,
Christopher Murphy, President, The National Correctional Employees Union
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