City retirees losing healthcare urge bankruptcy judge to be fair

City retirees losing healthcare urge bankruptcy judge to "be fair"

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Alan Wells urges the bankruptcy judge: "Be fair." Alan Wells urges the bankruptcy judge: "Be fair."
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"I didn't think it would come to this. I thought the city would always be solvent, but things are as they are," says Ervin Earnshaw, who was a Detroit police officer for 25 years.

"As a police officer, we said, we got your back. No one has our backs. And I know there are people out there trying, but they don't have our backs," says Marilyn Hall. She retired as an inspector in the homicide division.

Inside Burton Manor in Livonia many retires with the city of Detroit sat through a seminar Thursday night hosted by Blue Cross Blue Shield. They were given some information about different heathcare plans to consider if their fears for the future become a reality.

"You know that you're gonna have healthcare, or that you're gonna have a pension, and now it's all up in the air. And it hurts. It really does," Hall continues.

The cost of healthcare could soon sore into the thousands of dollars out of pocket for these retirees.

"I'm hoping that maybe they can still make some changes downtown with the retirees because we're the ones that are taking the worst end of it," Earnshaw says.

Alan Wells worked with DDOT for 30 years. He urges the judge: "Just be fair."

The city is cutting $605-per-month retiree health insurance coverage to about 8,000 retirees under age 65 and instead giving them a monthly $125 payment to use toward a private health insurance exchange plan. More than 10,500 retirees over 65 will be offered a Medicare Advantage plan with city-funded premiums.

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