Day: County Retiree Health Insurance Switch being Re-evaluate

County Executive Ed Day continues to address retiree health plan options

New City, NY – County Executive Ed Day announced that Rockland County will re-evaluate the proposed retiree health insurance plan change to Aetna Insurance from the New York State Health Insurance Plan provided by the Empire Plan.

“Due to recent reports in the media concerning Aetna Insurance and their business practices, Rockland County will not be moving forward with changes to the retiree health insurance coverage for the foreseeable future. My administration is re-evaluating the process while continuing to look out for the health and well-being of our retirees,” said Day.

The County Executive continued, “fiscal responsibility has been one of my mantras since the earliest days of my administration but I have not once lost sight of the true goal; the health and well-being of all county residents. It is simply unacceptable to put county retirees at risk, Aetna Insurance needs to provide clarity to their reported business practices. I have no doubt that this is the right thing to do, as these practices cut to the core of care and must be addressed, we will protect the health of our retirees no matter what.”

“While others have resorted to fear mongering and playing politics it is the steady assessment practices of my administration that have brought us here, and these same assessment practices that have now given me pause. I look forward to Aetna’s explanation of their clinical review process and any clarity they can provide on this subject,” concluded Day.