DC 37 Health & Security Plan

Fighting Big Pharma

May 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES Administrators of the union’s welfare plan are mounting a new legal offensive to keep the rising costs of generic drugs in check. If successful, the court cases would help “correct widespread corrupt practices in the pharmaceutical industry,” said Audrey Browne, associate administrator and counsel of the DC 37 Health & Security Plan, which oversees the union’s drug benefit for over three hundred thousand members, retirees and their dependents. The first lawsuit, scheduled to be heard in Philadelphia federal court, accuses generic drug manufacturers of conspiring to increase the price of a popular generic drug called propranolol, which is used to treat hypertension and prevent heart attacks. The suit seeks a rollback in prices and damages. Two other price rigging cases have also been filed in federal courts in New York and New Jersey against the generic [More...]

New York City and Municipal Unions Agree to Health-Benefit Changes

March 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES Municipal unions and the city agreed to major benefit changes in February under a $3.4 billion plan to hold down health-care costs. The Municipal Labor Committee (MLC), which is comprised of public sector unions in the city and negotiates on health-care matters on their behalf, approved the benefit modification package on Feb. 22. The changes will go into effect July 1. DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido discussed the modifications – a series of co-pay changes – at the Delegates meeting on Feb. 23. Garrido noted that the agreement maintains the quality of the city’s health-care plans and avoids premium contributions. “We remain the only major municipality in the country with free coverage,” Garrido said. In addition to maintaining coverage and avoiding a premium contribution by the members, the agreement calls for the city to make a [More...]