32BJ Health Fund severs ties with New York-Presbyterian amid concerns over high care costs

The 32BJ Health Fund, the insurance plan of Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, announced Thursday that as of Jan. 1, New York-Presbyterian will no longer be an in-network medical provider for its members.

Empire BlueCross BlueShield, 32BJ Health Fund’s third-party network administrator, had told the health plan that its administration agreement would be affected following the resolution of Empire’s own contract dispute with New York-Presbyterian, said Sara Rothstein, director of 32BJ Health Fund. The union pays Empire a flat fee for its administration services, regardless of the claims 32BJ Health Fund pays out, she said.

The result of the resolution meant the Health Fund

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