Joe Malinconico Paterson Press Published 5:27 PM EDT Oct 16, 2018 PATERSON — Hundreds of employees and family members have run into problems with the Paterson school district’s new self-insurance program for medical benefits, according to the president of the teachers’ union. One teacher was denied medicine she was seeking for her son who was having an asthma attack, according to the union president. Another educator said he has delayed his cancer treatment because of the insurance problems. The wife of a district employee said she has put off having knee surgery because her long-time orthopedic doctor would not be covered by the new health plan. District officials have said they expect to save $17 million in this year’s budget with the new health coverage – a change they had promised would not compromise employees’ medical care. But district employees say the new coverage has not lived up to that promise. “It’s been a nightmare,” said John McEntee Jr., president of the Paterson Education Association, the teachers’ union. McEntee estimated that the union has heard from about 350 members who had problems with the new health coverage that took effect in July. At first, McEntee said, he thought the calls… Read full this story
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