Retired Kentucky law enforcement officials regain medical insurance
June 9, 2021, 2:07 pm
- The state cannot use federal Medicare law to cancel coverage
- Officials lost free insurance coverage when they returned to work
Five retired Louisville, Kentucky police officers who rejoined the workforce were getting their health insurance reinstated when the Sixth District ruled the state pension system breached its contract to provide them with free health coverage.
The Kentucky Retirement System argued that the federal Medicare Secondary Payer Act required officials to suspend state-paid coverage if they rejoined the workforce and were eligible for employer-provided coverage. The US District Court of Appeals disagreed, saying that nothing in law or Medicare itself “directs a state to suspend a retiree’s contract-based insurance plan.”
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