Montgomery Mayor Vetoes City Council Ordinance on Medicare Supplemental Insurance

Montgomery Mayor Vetoes City Council Ordinance on Medicare Supplemental Insurance

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed has vetoed a City Council ordinance that aimed to halt the city’s new supplemental health insurance program for Medicare-eligible retirees. The program, managed by Amwins, covers costs not covered by Medicare for retirees aged 65 and older. The mayor’s veto ensures the program will proceed as planned, but the City Council may still vote to override the veto. Find out more about the potential impact on retirees and the upcoming City Council meeting.

Mayor Reed’s Veto

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed has vetoed a City Council ordinance that would impact the city’s Medicare supplemental insurance program for retirees. The ordinance aimed to cancel the contract with Amwins, the company managing the program. Mayor Reed’s veto ensures that the program will continue as planned, providing essential coverage to Medicare-eligible retirees.

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This decision comes after the City Council voted to cancel the contract, which would have left retirees without supplemental coverage for the first few months of 2024. Despite concerns raised by the Council, representatives from the mayor’s administration have assured retirees that they can still see their physicians as Medicare will continue to be their primary provider.

Implications for Retirees

The mayor’s veto has significant implications for Medicare-eligible retirees in Montgomery. By allowing the Amwins contract to proceed, retirees will continue to have access to supplemental insurance coverage that fills the gaps left by Medicare. This coverage is crucial for retirees aged 65 and older who may have higher healthcare needs.

Without the supplemental insurance program, retirees would have faced additional out-of-pocket expenses for medical services not covered by Medicare. The program’s continuation ensures that retirees can receive the necessary healthcare services without financial strain.

City Council’s Response

The City Council’s response to Mayor Reed’s veto will be crucial in determining the fate of the Medicare supplemental insurance program. City Council President Cornelius “CC” Calhoun has expressed interest in upholding the mayor’s veto, indicating potential support from the Council.

The decision on whether to uphold or override the veto will be made during the upcoming City Council meeting. This meeting will provide an opportunity for Council members to discuss the implications of the veto and gather input from retirees and other stakeholders.

Potential Outcomes

The upcoming City Council vote on the mayor’s veto will determine the future of the Medicare supplemental insurance program in Montgomery. If the Council votes to override the veto, it would cancel the Amwins contract and potentially leave retirees without supplemental coverage for the first few months of 2024.

On the other hand, if the Council upholds the mayor’s veto, the Amwins contract will remain in effect, ensuring that retirees continue to receive the supplemental coverage they need. The decision will have a direct impact on the financial well-being and healthcare access of Medicare-eligible retirees in the city.

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