Sunday, August 26, 2012
E-MAIL: Question has been raised about retired Chicago firefighters medical coverage and if true will this also be done to retired Chicago cops?
Shaved , I had dinner tonight with my father, a retired P.O., 69 years old. He said a friend who is a retired firefighter recently recceived a letter from the city stating that his supplemental Blue Cross/Blue shield health care coverage (Part B, I think?) is being terminated at the end of June 2013. The letter goes on to explain that receipients of the letter need to make their own arrangements for coverage after this point.
Keeping in mind the court case of a few years ago that stated that the city doesn't have to provide health care after June 2013, does anyone have any idea what this portends for actrive, as well as retired Police Officers, in the future? Perhaps the city will attempt to use this for major contract concessions in the upcoming contract negotiations?
After all, the Board of Ed is refusing step raises to teachers, in violation of their current contract, saying that the provision simply doesnt apply when there is no contract, despite the contract clause that states ALL provisions of the current contract remain in effect until a new contract is negotiated.
This is truly a scary thought. Think about how much health care would cost for your family if you had to pay everything out of pocket. Is the city setting the stage to get out of health coverage altogether?
Anyone on the inside, or with legal expertise, that can weigh in?