For immediate release
October 6, 2022
Contact: John Kowalko
25th District Representative
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 and future retirees to demonstrate their opposition to the privatized Medicare Advantage proposal by the State Employees Benefits Committee. The proposed mandate would limit healthcare choices for retirees by supplanting the Medicare plans and benefits that they have earned and paid for throughout their working lives. Retirees should not have their health care benefits and access to doctors and treatments limited by the private, for-profit company Highmark Delaware.
The Wilmington rally on Tuesday was well-attended and enjoyed extensive media coverage, and hundreds of downstate retirees have contacted RISE Delaware to be able to show their support at a rally in the southern portion of Delaware.
“This is an opportunity for all retirees, their families and friends, to hear the truth about this attempt by the Governor’s administration to privatize their health care,” said State Representative John Kowalko, co-director of RISE Delaware. “We need to make our voices loud and express our anger and frustration with decisions made, in secret, that will cost retirees access to necessary healthcare procedures, doctors, and treatments.”
All 62 members of the General Assembly have been notified of this event where retirees will be able to demand the respect and loyalty they have earned and deserve for their years of dedicated service.
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