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Legislature Approves New Health Insurance Option for County Retirees

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Legislature Approves New Health Insurance Option for County Retirees

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislators Peter Stein and Will Burbank were excused), approved a new post-retirement health insurance option to County employees who have retired from the County and are drawing a New York State pension. The action directs the Commissioner of Human Resources to make the Greater Tompkins County Municipal Health Insurance Consortium’s Platinum Plan, which is the sole health insurance option available to nearly all County employees hired after 2016, available to existing and future retirees.

County Administrator Joe Mareane said the Platinum Plan option provides a more affordable option to retirees for their health insurance—the same as current coverage, with higher co-pays and deductibles, at a diminished cost from the current 50-50 premium cost-share, which for many years has been the only option for retirees. While the Platinum Plan is much less expensive for the County, the County will continue to contribute what it has, passing along the full savings to the retiree. Administrator Mareane said, “I think this is as good a way we can find to provide great coverage, without shifting the burden to the taxpayers." The County will also continue to reimburse retirees for their Medicare premiums.