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Clinical Social Work/OPEIU Guild 49 Wins Legal Action Against State Employees Health Benefits Plan (Horizon BCBS)

  • 6 September 2013
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Court reverses reduction of out-of-network reimbursement rate

WAYNE, N.J., Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New Jersey Society for Clinical Social Work (CSW)/OPEIU Guild 49 has won its legal action against the State Employees Health Benefits Plan (Horizon BCBS) for lowering their rate of reimbursement to out-of-network practitioners in January 2009. 

The NJ State Appellate Division has decided that the lowering reimbursement rates by the SHBP and Horizon was done in violation of N.J.S.A.52:14-17.46.7. 

OPEIU Urges Signing of Large Retailer Accountability Act (LRAA)

Washington, D.C. (August 13, 2013) – The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO urges Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to do what’s in the best interests of his constituents and immediately sign the Large Retailer Accountability Act (LRAA) – a measure that would establish standards for responsible business practices and ensure workers a living wage and benefits.

Puerto Rican Telephone Workers Vote to Affiliate with OPEIU

New York, NY (August 14, 2013) – The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO announces the affiliation of the Independent Union of Telephone Workers (UIET), a 2,000 employee bargaining unit employed by Claro Puerto Rico telephone company.

Suit Alleges Allstate Skirted State Statutes in Agent’s Dismissal

Gulfport, MS - The National Association of Professional Allstate Agents, Inc. (NAPAA) has been working closely with a former Allstate insurance agent and his attorney to determine if the company willfully violated state statues in its attempts to terminate him and other Allstate agents in the state of Minnesota.

Last week, Jerry Deleski of Roseville, Minnesota – a former Allstate agent of 39 years – filed suit against Allstate Insurance Company, alleging it violated a Minnesota statute when it wrongfully and illegally “expelled” him for failing to meet company life insurance quotas. Minnesota prohibits such actions by insurers.

OPEIU Backs Legislation Supporting Podiatric Physicians

President Goodwin Applauds Sens. Schumer and Grassley for Introducing the HELLPP Act  

WASHINGTON, July 19, 2013 – The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) applauds Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) for introducing critical bipartisan legislation that would increase access to podiatric care and save billions of dollars in the process. The Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act, S.1318, would identify podiatrists as physicians under Title XIX (the Medicaid Provision) of the Social Security Act, making it easier for low-income individuals to get necessary foot care.

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