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Comment from the Office of Mayor John Cooper on Council Approval of Medicare Advantage Benefits Plan

Andrea Fanta

“This legislation is a major step in prioritizing our workforce while controlling costs. By offering all Medicare-eligible Metro retirees with a platinum Medicare Advantage plan, we’re protecting our pensioners’ access to quality healthcare while cutting Metro’s OPEB liability by an estimated $1.1 billion and reducing annual operating costs by approximately $17 million. As I’ve said before, this is a win-win-win for our workers, Metro government, and taxpayers. I’m grateful to Metro HR and Director Shannon Hall, our Study and Formulating Committee, the Employee Benefits Board, and the Metro Council for their careful study of this commonsense benefits plan.”