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Special Session Announced by Legislature – Rescinding Agreement on Medicare Advantage Plan


The Cortland County Legislature is having a special meeting tomorrow, November 29th at 2pm in room 308 at the County Office Building. The special meeting will be to review and consider rescinding Resolution No. 123-23, originally titled “Authorize Agreement – Medicare Advantage Plan” that was passed in August of this year.

The resolution, which was passed after much debate, authorized the County Administrator to enter into an agreement for a Medicare Advantage Plan through the Broome County Purchasing Alliance with United Health Care. In a release provided by the county, the county stated the timeline, which was affected by a lawsuit by retirees of the county, led to the county stating it did not have adequate time to provide retirees of the county, and their dependents, necessary information needed to understand the plan changes.

Legislative Chair Kevin Fitch emphasized the importance of providing time and information to retirees, stating, “We recognize the significance of decisions related to healthcare, and the concerns expressed by our constituents are of utmost importance. The administration of a new benefit plan requires a certain amount of time to seamlessly transition, and with current litigation this timeline has been cut too short to provide the retirees with the vital information needed.”

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