GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled the state of Maryland can’t force state retirees onto a federal prescription drug plan until a lawsuit is decided.
U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte issued the ruling this week.READ MORE: Baltimore County Officer Opened Fire On Driver Trying To Flee Traffic Stop: Police
Four Maryland state retirees filed the lawsuit last month. They contend Maryland can’t force them to enroll in Medicare Part D when open enrollment begins Oct. 15.
The lawsuit arises from changes made in 2011 to health benefits for state retirees.READ MORE: Get Booster Shots As Soon As You Can, Health Experts Say, As Omicron's Spread Collides With The Relentless Delta Variant
Shareese DeLeaver-Churchill, a spokeswoman for Gov. Larry Hogan, says the administration hopes to work with the General Assembly to find a permanent solution. Several state lawmakers say they will introduce a bill to repeal the law that kicked state retirees off the state’s prescription drug plan.Maryland-Based Vaccine Manufacturer Developing COVID-19 Vaccine That Targets Omicron Variant
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