The contract negotiations between Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and the East End Health Alliance are reportedly still at a standstill. With only one day left, before the deadline (Friday at midnight) — when 40 percent of Eastern Long Islanders would no longer be covered at local Alliance hospitals — things do not look good.
Paul Connor III, spokesman for the Alliance, said, “Anything is a possibility…but when I see how far we still have to go I am not optimistic.”
Craig Andrews, Public Relations Director at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, said, “we gave them our proposal, they sent back a counter proposal but not much has changed. The rates in the proposal they sent us are too high.” Andrews added, “It is only Wednesday and we do have up until midnight on Friday.”
Regardless of the deadline, emergency cases and pregnant women beyond the first trimester would still be covered at local hospitals.