Insurance changes put on hold in Rockland County

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A plan to change insurance for retired county employees in Rockland has been put on hold.

The current provider is United Healthcare, but it was supposed to change to Aetna in April. On Tuesday, Rockland County Executive Ed Day ended negotiations with Aetna for new coverage. "I'm here to announce that Rockland County will not be moving forward with changes to retiree health insurance coverage for the foreseeable future," said Day.

The announcement comes after reports the provider may have denied coverage to patients without reviewing their records. Day said his administration is now re-evaluating the process.

Some local leaders praise the decision. “The retirees can certainly breathe a sigh of relief; this is a victory for them. I'm glad that the county executive made this decision. However, we should all be very cautious about this because he has not closed the door,” says Rockland Legislator Alden Wolfe. 

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