WMH Secures Monumental Health Insurance Ruling on Behalf of NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees

Walden Macht & Haran LLP

WMH secured a monumental victory today for over 250,000 elderly and disabled retired first responders and other civil servants.  The NYS Supreme Court ruled that the City of New York must continue to pay for their health insurance, which will save them approximately $600 million a year.

Jake Gardener, with assistance from co-counsel at Pollock Cohen, litigated the case, which involved complex issues of first impression.  He drafted the dispositive motion papers in January and February and argued the case on Monday.  Facing off against the City, several insurance companies, and the Municipal Labor Committee, Jake persuaded the Court that NYC Administrative Code § 12-126 prohibited the City from withdrawing funding for retirees’ existing health insurance plans.

This is an incredible outcome that will improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals, many of whom are living pension-check-to-pension-check with serious health conditions.

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