Obama health care dispute resolved at Westchester Medical Center

Westchester Medical Center has agreed to a deal with Empire Blue Cross. (2/6/14)

VALHALLA - A dispute between an ‘Obamacare’ insurance plan and Westchester Medical Center has been resolved.

Patients and lawmakers had expressed outrage after the medical center in Valhalla said it could not accept Empire Blue Cross purchased through the state health exchange in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. CEO Michael Israel said the reimbursements from were simply too low to cover the costs of the services it offers as a teaching hospital.

This afternoon, Empire confirms to News 12 that an agreement has been reached.

Negotiations are also underway to try and work out deals so other plans associated with the Affordable Care Act can also be accepted.

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