On May 21, 2024, the First Department affirmed the New York Supreme Court’s decision in Bentkowski v. City of New York to enjoin the City of New York from eliminating retirees’ existing health insurance and automatically enrolling them in an inferior Medicare Advantage plan.

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP filed an amicus brief in the case on behalf of Physicians for a National Health Program, New York Metro Chapter (“PNHP”), arguing that the new plan would lead to worse health outcomes for retirees who dedicated their careers to public service. PNHP is a nonprofit membership organization of more than 25,000 physician members nationwide, many of whom are in New York City, who are dedicated to implementing a single-payer national health program.

The KHF team was led by associate Jackson Erpenbach and included partners Julie Fink and Joshua Matz.

Read the First Department’s opinion here, and KHF’s brief on behalf of PNHP here.