By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A judge decided Thursday to temporarily stop the city’s plan to change the health insurance for more than 250,000 New York City retirees.

Retired workers would be switched to the Medicare Advantage Plus, or they can opt out by Oct. 31 to keep their current insurance – but it would cost $200 more a month.

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The judge called the rollout of the new plan “irrational.”

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The city will now have to present a new plan.

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“While we are gratified that the court upheld the contract award which is an essential step towards implementing the program, we are disappointed that the court stayed its implementation. We are reviewing the decision and the City’s options for moving forward.  We are confident that the program will ultimately be implemented in the best interest of city retirees,” a city Law Department spokesperson said.

CBSNewYork Team