Sheriff's office retirees still protesting loss of county health benefits

Updated: October 08, 2019 09:11 AM
Created: October 08, 2019 08:21 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Retired members of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office will rally outside the county office building Tuesday.

The Sheriff's Office Association of Retirees (SOAR) is protesting the loss of county health benefits.


This fight has been going on for a few years. In 2017, SOAR claimed 1,800 retirees were cutoff from the county's health insurance and forced to get coverage through Medicare.

"A couple of years ago, what the county identified was an opportunity to, instead of providing care through an insurance broker, allow our retirees to go out into the marketplace to procure the same plan at the same price without the county having to pay that broker a million dollars a year," said Jesse Sleezer, county director of communications.

Sleezer claims the county is investing that $1 million into a health savings account for retirees. He says each individual gets $600 a year.

SOAR argues Medicare and the health savings account aren't enough to cover their health care costs.

The rally starts at 4 p.m.

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