Members of the S.O.A.R. Retiree Health Benefit Subcommittee recently met with our legal representative regarding the following issues:
- How many members have responded to the letter mailed out this summer to move to the next step of our legal action?
We have received many responses. According to our legal rep, everyone that responded retired prior to the Blue Value Plans going into effect. This is a good thing because all contract language is the same for retirees that retired prior to 2006, including 2005. The contract language states that retirees of the county shall receive fully paid BC/BS protection and dental insurance which was in effect at the time of retirement.
- The status of our legal action regarding involuntary changes to retirees’ health care plan. There was no real good news. Our legal representative is still undecided on how to pursue an action regarding changes to our healthcare plans. Our legal representative explained that until there is a decision in the CSEA and the Social Workers pending cases he cannot determine whether we should pursue a Grievance process or a Class Action litigation. Therefore, there is no way he will be able to file a suit before the end of the year.