ULSTER COUNTY OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER
Po Box 1800 Kingston, New York 12402 Telephone: (845) 331-8774 Fax: (845) 340-3697 Elliott Auerbach
Joseph Eriole, Esq.
July 22, 2014 Sheree Cross, Personnel Officer 244 Fair Street P.O. Box 1800 Kingston, NY 12402-1800
Re: Health Care Benefits Audit
Dear Ms. Cross: We are in receipt of your letter of July 17, 2014. Thank you for the correspondence. I would like to meet with you to discuss it.
We do not understand the import of the “categorization” you set forth as to the nature of the individuals on the “non
compliant” list. From the perspective of health care coverage, the
categorization makes no difference in determining the appropriate course of action for Personnel. Any non-employee individual who cannot or will not verify their eligibility for coverage should be subject to the same course of action by your department, and we have made recommendations as to what that course of action should be. The nature of the
employee’s supervision or collective bargaining unit has no bearing on whether their dependent’s eligibility can be verified
or whether the County should continue paying for the policies of persons who fail or refuse to verify their eligibility. In our meeting we can discuss the purpose of your letter in this regard, to avoid any misunderstanding. In addition, we are pleased to learn that the third party administrator Rose & Kiernan (R&K) has
“compliance procedures in place to address the issues at hand,” except that
, (i) our audit did not disclose the existence, or at least
reliance upon, any such procedures other
than R&K’s notification that a dependent was turning 26
, so we would like to know what those procedures are, and, (ii)
it is not clear, based on your letter, what you perceive “the issues at
to be, so we cannot assess whether this response is meaningful. We would ask that this be discussed at our meeting, as well, and that R&K be at the meeting or conferenced in by phone.