RISE Delaware Urges Current State Employees to Participate in New Benefits Survey

Media Alert: For immediate release February 2, 2023 Contact: Elisa Diller: 302-369-6756 John Kowalko: 302-547-9351 Karen Peterson: 302-999-7522 RISE Delaware Urges Current State Employees to Participate in New Benefits Survey State employees need to speak up to keep your healthcare benefits! RISE Delaware is encouraging current state agency and school district employees to pay close attention to a survey being sent out about employee benefits. Elisa Diller, RISE co-founder said, “This survey is being made available to current employees from February 1-17, 2023. We are encouraging current employees to weigh […]

RISE Delaware Members to Attend Wednesday Senate Committee Hearing to Voice Opposition to Senate Bill 29

Press Advisory: For immediate release January 17, 2023 Contact: John Kowalko (302) 547-9351 kowalkoforthe25th@gmail.com RISE Delaware Members to Attend Wednesday Senate Committee Hearing to Voice Opposition to Senate Bill 29 RISE Delaware members are being urged to attend the Senate Executive Committee meeting scheduled for 3:00 PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at Legislative Hall in Dover, to voice their opposition to Senate Bill 29 relating to the State Employee Benefits Act. Senate Bill 29, sponsored by Senator Townsend, purports to be a response to the concerns of State pensioners […]

RISE Rally on Wednesday, October 26 at Legislative Hall

  The Delaware General Assembly will be holding a Special Session on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, to address concerns with the Medicare Advantage privatization. Please come and join RISE Delaware to show support for a solution to the problem the State of Delaware has created. Representative John Kowalko will be introducing a bill on the floor of the House of Representatives to allow for state retirees to choose to remain on their current Medicfill Supplemental Plan or moving to the new Medicare Advantage plan offered by Highmark. The bill is […]

Lawmaker Files Bill to Restore Delaware State Retirees’ Medicare Supplement Option

Delaware General Assembly Rep. John Kowalko For immediate release October 21, 2022 Contact: John Kowalko 25th District Representative 302-547-9351 Lawmaker Files Bill to Restore Delaware State Retirees’ Medicare Supplement Option Bill would guarantee access to Special Medicfill Supplement Plan for retirees opposed to privatized Medicare Advantage plan State Representative John Kowalko announced that he is filing legislation to restore the Delaware Special Medicfill Supplement Plan as an option for state employees and retirees who receive State-funded healthcare through Medicare. The bill will be filed in time for the special session […]

RISE Delaware Wins Stay of Medicare Advantage Plan

For immedate release: October 19, 2022 RISE Delaware Wins Stay of Medicare Advantage Plan The Delaware Superior Court, the Hon. Calvin Scott, today issued an interim Order in favor of Plaintiffs in the lawsuit against State of Delaware officials brought by RISE Delaware, an advocacy group for retirees of the State of Delaware, and two individuals. The lawsuit asks to stop Delaware’s implementation of its improperly adopted HighMark Medicare Advantage Plan to replace the long-standing traditional Medicare benefit earned by state retirees. Based on the record that State officials failed […]

Second Rally Opposing Privatization of Delaware State Retirees’ Health Care Set for Wednesday, October 12 at Legislative Hall

Press Advisory: For immediate release October 6, 2022 Contact: John Kowalko 25th District Representative (302) 547-9351 Second Rally Opposing Privatization of Delaware State Retirees’ Health Care Set for Wednesday, October 12 at Legislative Hall RISE Delaware has scheduled a second public rally to take place on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, starting at noon. The rally will be held on the East steps of Legislative Hall in Dover. In case of rain, the rally will be held in the House Chambers. The purpose of the rally is to allow state retirees […]

RISE Delaware Rally at Legislative Hall in Dover on October 12 to Oppose Privatization of Delaware State Retirees’ Medicare

RISE Delaware Rally at Legislative Hall in Dover on October 12 to Oppose Privatization of Delaware State Retirees’ Medicare  RISE Delaware will hold a rally on the steps of Legislative Hall in Dover on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, from noon to 1 p.m. We will be inviting all supportive legislators to join us on the steps of Legislative Hall. Please join us wearing blue shirts and bring your signs! We will be rallying to demand that the State of Delaware stop the proposed plan to privatize state retirees’ health benefits […]

Rally to Oppose Privatization of Delaware State Retirees’ Medicare Benefits Set for Tuesday, October 4 at Freedom Plaza in Wilmington

Press Advisory: For immediate release September 29, 2022 Contact: John Kowalko 25th District Representative (302) 547-9351 Rally to Oppose Privatization of Delaware State Retirees’ Medicare Benefits Set for Tuesday, October 4 at Freedom Plaza in Wilmington RISE Delaware has scheduled a public rally to take place on October 4, 2022, from noon to 1PM at Freedom Plaza in Wilmington. The location is 8th and French Streets next to the Caravel State Building. The purpose of the rally is to allow state retirees and future retirees to demonstrate their unwillingness to […]

RISE Delaware and Retirees File Lawsuit to Stop Privatization of Health Benefits

Press Advisory: For immediate release Tuesday, September 27, 2022 Contact: Elisa Diller (302-369-6756) Karen Peterson (302-999-7522) RISE Delaware and Retirees File Lawsuit to Stop Privatization of Health Benefits RISE Delaware, a group formed to assist State Retirees in their fight against privatization of their Medicare benefits announced today that they have filed a lawsuit to stop the unilateral implementation of their insurance through a privatized Medicare Advantage plan. “The fact that retirees were neither aware of these changes to their benefits nor invited to participate in crafting this mandate is […]

State of Delaware Retirees Organize to Fight Medicare Advantage Plan

Press Advisory: For immediate release August 28, 2022 Contact: Rep. John Kowalko (302-547-9351) or risedelaware@gmail.com State of Delaware Retirees Are Coming Together to Stop Medicare Privatization and Benefit Reductions 25th District State Representative John Kowalko and New Castle County 5th District Councilwoman Lisa Diller, a State of Delaware retiree, are teaming up to form RiseDelaware (Retirees Investing in State Equity Delaware), a new membership organization dedicated to educating, advocating, and informing State of Delaware retirees about what is happening with their health and pension benefits. The catalyst is to fight […]