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Crystal Run to end health plans

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WALLKILL, NY — Crystal Run Healthcare, which began offering various healthcare insurance plans four years ago, announced they are seeking permission from state lawmakers to end the plans before the end of the year.

The Crystal Run medical practice, which serves more than 300,000 patients, will remain in operation at locations in Orange, Sullivan and Rockland counties.

Hal Teitelbaum, MD, managing partner, CEO and the founder of Crystal Run says the reason the health plans must close is because certain elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prevent the plans from becoming profitable.

 “As the leading healthcare provider in the Hudson Valley region, Crystal Run Healthcare is always evaluating new opportunities to enhance the high-quality care and services we offer to our patients. We launched Crystal Run Health Plans with the goal of delivering higher quality care at lower costs. Unfortunately, like many new plans, the risk adjustment methodology in the ACA created an impractical and unsustainable financial obligation for insurers,” said Teitelbaum. “Accordingly, Crystal Run intends to seek regulatory approval to close its health plans. We will continue to honor our commitments to the members and providers of Crystal Run Health Plans as we work with the regulators on a plan of closure. This decision, however, in no ways impacts Crystal Run’s medical practice, which continues to grow in the Hudson Valley and lower Catskill region and will continue providing high quality, accessible care to its over 300,000 patients—tens of thousands of whom receive services in Sullivan County.”

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