Aetna out of network for Stony Brook patients

Stony Brook University Hospital?s contract with one of the nation's top insurers expired Monday, possibly leading to staggering medical bills for hundreds of Long Islanders.

Aetna Health says it is still in talks with Stony Brook on a new contract, but hospital officials are calling the company an out-of-network insurer.

The hospital says only Aetna members with out-of-network benefits will be covered at Stony Brook. Aetna members with emergencies will also be covered.

The insurance company says it is working with Stony Brook on approving coverage on a case-by-case basis. Both sides say they negotiated in good faith for nearly four months.

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