Sweeney, Oliver strike deal to remove out-of-state provision

President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver on Thursday announced an agreement has been reached to remove the out-of-state hospital provision included in the pension and benefits reform bill.

The Assembly will vote tonight and the Senate will vote Monday to delete the hospital provision by amending legislation (S-2959/A-4162) that had already been introduced to revise the out-of-state language. 

“The most important thing has always been to pass a bill that is fair to both public employees and taxpayers,” Sweeney said. ‘We will still achieve that goal.”

The provision would have restricted at least some employees from using out-of-state healthcare providers.  The initial proposal would have placed the restriction on all employees, but the Senate change approved Monday would have placed the limits only on one plan.

Sweeney, Oliver strike deal to remove out-of-state provision