RISE Delaware Round 2: Legal and Other Costs

RISE Delaware is continuing our hard-fought legal fight to keep Delaware from foisting
Medicare Advantage (aka Medicare Disadvantage) on State Retirees. The administration
thought old folks were an easy target to push around. But we are not! And, current employees are now understanding the risk to their promised retirement healthcare benefit and becoming involved.

With your generous help, we raised money to start litigation in the Delaware Superior Court on
September 25, 2022, to fight the State. And on October 19, 2022, we obtained a “Stay Order”
with a temporary injunction against the State from implementing a Medicare Advantage plan!
The order was based on the State’s abysmal failure to follow Delaware’s statutorily-mandated
open government safeguards when adopting Medicare Advantage. That injunction—which the
State of Delaware never sought to have the Court lift—is still in place.

The State has now appealed the Stay Order and challenged its holding that it violated open
government laws. RISE filed its opening brief on appeal on September 6, 2023, and we invite you to read it from the RISE website.

Had we not won that stay, Medicare Advantage would be a done deal. Looking back, it was an
amazing feat short of a miracle given how the State hamstrung us. A true Delaware version of
David versus Goliath! And we were able to do this only because of your financial and other
support. Volunteers have helped by putting in enormous amounts of time.
However, we have never raised enough money to come close to compensating the lawyers in
the Superior Court for their time in achieving the amazing victory.

We need money to pay our exceptional lawyers who achieved the victory in the Superior Court.
We still owe them about $225,000 (as of September 6, 2023). We currently have money in the
bank to support our effort in the Delaware Supreme Court in opposition to the State.
We also need a small amount of money for ongoing administrative costs for RISE, such as our
website and email service.

Anything you donate is much appreciated!

Please feel free to send checks payable to RISE Delaware to RISE Delaware, P.O, Box 7262,
Newark, DE 19714. And visit the RISE website at: https://risede.com

Donations (520)

  • K Jackson
    • $100 
    • 18 hrs
  • Paul Hess
    • $50 
    • 22 hrs
  • carol teague
    • $200 
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  • Beth Dewson
    • $10 
    • 11 d
  • Timothy Miller
    • $50 
    • 16 d


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Newark, DE

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