Stony Brook Univ. Hospital, Aetna may cut ties

Stony Brook University Hospital and Aetna may terminate their contract next month if the two are unable to reach an agreement.

The current contract expires Feb. 15 and both SBUH and Aetna have been negotiating terms for months. If a deal isn't reached, SBUH would no longer be considered a participating provider, or "in-network," for Long Islanders with Aetna insurance.

Without a contract, residents with Aetna would have to pay out of pocket for health care they receive at SBUH that is not an emergency or pre-authorized.

Both sides say they are hopeful they will reach an agreement. Residents with questions about coverage should call their benefits coordinators or Aetna.

Stony Brook University Medical Center Aetna

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