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On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously decided that segregated schools were unconstitutional in Brown vs. Board of Education.
Bill Cea of the Alliance for Retired Americans addressed many concerns NYSUT retirees have about cutting the Social Security COLA, other federal legislation, changes in Medicare and the Florida legislature's upcoming session. Nationally he asserted that we can expect more assaults on unions in virtually every state, attempts at public employees' pension reform across the country and a call for privatization of anything run by the government at local, county, state and federal levels. He cited the beginning of the new FL legislative session which begins March 1.
The NYSUT RETIREE SERVICES REGIONAL CONFERENCE for RC 43, was on January 28, 2014 in Palm Gardens, Florida. NYSUT Vice President Kathleen Donahue spoke about the Patient Observation Bill and IRMAA. NYSUT Secretary / Treasurer Lee Cutler spoke about the Common Core Standards, the relevance of poverty to education achievement as well as voter suppression. NYSUT Member Benefits Trust Director Lynette Metz shared some of the available programs .
Now, New York hospitals are required to provide patients notice within 24 hours whether they are on observation status or inpatient status. In the past, some patients, like Ike, unknowingly were put on observation status while hospitalized instead of being official inpatients. The distinction is important: Observation status means the patient will end up paying more out-of-pocket for their hospital stay. And those on “observation status” who stayed in the hospital for the mandatory Medicaid three-day minimum required for followup rehabilitative care at a skilled nursing facility were not covered by their insurance.
FROM THE DESK OF PRESIDENT DEB PETERSON - JANUARY 2014