Many Westchester County workers are shocked that the County Healthcare plan UMR recently dropped Montefiore Hospitals.
Montefiore is the 50 largest employers in New York. In 2020, Montefiore was ranked No. 6 New York City metropolitan area hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.
All over social media, county workers discuss this hardship for their families. May county employees now have to scramble and find new healthcare providers in the mid of a pandemic.
According to an NBC News tally, the number of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. was poised to hit 400,000 on Monday, a milestone that seemed unimaginable at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic a year ago.
More than 2 million people have been recorded killed by the virus worldwide, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. death toll is the world’s worst, even though it makes up less than 5 percent of the world’s population.
What happens to families already in the hospital due to covid or other illnesses? It is insensitive of the county and UMR to stop paying because they feel that they are paying too much for a service, especially in the middle of a pandemic.
Montefiore runs hospitals in the major cities in Westchester. It also has numerous urgent care centers.
Recently, the Union representing Westchester County Correction Officers stated that the county rescinded its current policy of providing COVID-19 leave related to dependent care. The union also noted that this is the latest in a series of rollback protections that Correction Officers have faced as the pandemic worsens. UMR is just another blow to the lack of health services provided by the county.
Black Westchester will keep you informed as this story progresses!