Delaware judge blocks change to Medicare benefit health plan

A Delaware Supreme Court judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked an attempt to transfer state retirees to a Medicare Advantage health care plan.

Judge Calvin Scott ruled that the state should “take all necessary and appropriate steps” to ensure that current retiree health care insurance and benefits remain “in full force and effect.”

Head to trial

The ruling stated that a trial would be held to make a final decision about the future of the Medicare Advantage plan.

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The temporary ban is a big win for a group of government retirees, who have been protesting the switch in recent weeks. The deadline for 30,000 state retirees to opt out of a Medicare Advantage plan, and as a result lose state-sponsored health care, is October 24.

The lawsuit, which was filed earlier this month, argued that the state had failed to follow administrative procedures when implementing the change, particularly with regard to transparency and allowing retirees to provide their input.

From left, retirees Linda Hastings, Jon Gwon, and Ellen Scarpetti attended a

Karen Peterson, a former senator and Department of Labor employee, was one of the plaintiffs.

“I am not pleased with having to sue state officials with whom I have worked for many years,” she said in a statement. “But retirees deserve the medical coverage they promised during their years in the state, and someone had to fight back.”

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