Rockland: Legislators, Day fight over who can change insurance coverage strategies

CLOSE Rockland County officials are sparring over a strategy to switch insurance brings for its senior citizens. Wochit

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centerinsurance officials told him the hospital does not take the medicaid advantage strategy being used by Aetna.Green stated Medicare gets 80 percent of his medical costs, while the state insurance strategy pays the staying 20 percent, leaving him with budget friendly co-pays. He stated if he sticks to Medicare, he ‘d pay more with the Aetna prepare for going out of network. He argued the county charter assurances equivalent health coverage to exactly what retired people had when they worked.”I don’t understand exactly what’s the huge offer about changing to Aetna,

“Green said, asking why the county is planning to change. “You are talking probably near to 5,000 individuals impacted. They are taking away my option here and possibly costing me more cash.” Jody Fox, a Suffern homeowner who chairs the Rockland-Orange Department of RPEA

, was critical of the Day administration for dealing with an insurance coverage modification for 20 months and not informing the Legislature and retired people. RPEA is the Retired Public Employees Association.” I think it was an error for the county executive to need to a private company do an RFP for a$ 31 million agreement affecting many countless staff members,”Fox said.Day said in a declaration that the Legislature had actually not been associated with choosing an insurance agreement for more

than a decade, handing over the authority to the director of insurance and the County Executive’s Workplace.”Honestly, the Legislature caught us by surprise when it comes to the very first time in over 15 years they

have actually shown interest in insurance policies, “Day said in a statement. Buy Image Rockland County Executive Ed Day talks to the Journal New Editorial Board at BOCES in West Nyack Jan. 24, 2018.(Picture: Peter Carr/The Journal News)Day stated his administration anticipates speaking with the legislators and how thoseviews match up to the specialists, adding “the Aetna Health Plan both supplies much better coverage for our retired people and does so at a lower expense.”The Legislature had prepared to look for a temporary limiting order to obstruct the insurance coverage changes Thursday in state Supreme Court. The extension made that unnecessary when James DeWan,

director of the Employee Benefits Department for the state Department of Civil Service, extended the deadline up until Feb. 28. The department supervises health advantages for existing and retired community workers.The Rockland CSEA Local 844 also pressed for answers on the proposed Aetna protection and encouraged senior citizens to press Day and lawmakers.”There are numerous unanswered questions about this switch, which the county executive has apparently been planning behind closed doors for 20 months,”the CSEA said in a declaration on its Facebook page. “Not all retirees got communication from the county notifying them of the modification and of the informational meetings held to go over the Aetna strategy. “Twitter: @lohudlegal Read or Share this story: