Update on Rockland retiree health insurance

We want to be sure retirees from the County of Rockland have the latest info on the shared services proposal that put a previously-shelved plan to switch county retirees from NYSHIP (Empire Plan) to a Managed Medicare plan from Aetna back on the table. Here is the latest update, as of Sept. 4, 2018, from Legislature Chairman Toney Earl. Please click here to view the resolution from the Legislature.

“Dear Retiree,

On July 27, 2018, the County Executive provided the Legislature with a draft of the Shared Services plan that included a plan to share health-insurance benefits for retirees with other municipalities. However, despite numerous requests by the Legislature to substantiate the projected savings, it became clear that these “savings” could not be justified. Furthermore, during numerous public hearings, retirees voiced their vehement opposition and concern that a possible switch from NYSHIP to a Managed Medicare Plan could leave them without the health benefits that they were entitled to by law.
Last night, the Legislature voted unanimously to recommend the removal of the project entitled “Health Insurance-Pool for Retired Municipal Employees” from the final Shared Services Plan. The Legislature cannot give its approval to a proposed plan that will provides for phantom savings and more importantly, cannot support any plan that would in any way diminish retiree health insurance benefits.
I have attached the resolution unanimously adopted last night for your review. Should any of you have any questions or further concerns, please feel free to contact my office at your convenience.
Sincerely Yours,

 

Hon. Toney L. Earl 
Chairman
Rockland County Legislature”

We thank the legislators for their advocacy on behalf of our retirees.