After years of extensive litigation by SAANYS and NYSUT, the Court of Appeals has declined to hear arguments by the state that the Department of Civil Service’s Memo 122r3, which prohibited employers participating in NYSHIP from compensating employees for not taking health insurance when the alternate coverage was also through NYSHIP, was proper. This was the last available challenge for the state in this matter. The issue of health insurance buyouts under NYSHIP is once again a legal practice. SAANYS urges every member impacted by this good news to look to their applicable collective bargaining agreements and/or other documents relating to this prohibition to ascertain what rights they may have to reimbursement for the years they were not given the negotiated buyout money. As always, please call the SAANYS Legal Department should you have any questions.