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UAW strikers can sign up for health insurance next week

Posted at 5:24 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 05:29:19-04

LANSING, Mich. — General Motors announced Tuesday it's cutting off health insurance for workers on strike, forcing them to sign up for another insurance plan.

Starting next week, UAW workers can go to their union post to get new health benefits.

The COBRA health care is covered by the UAW strike fund until an agreement between the union and GM is met.

Across the country and in Lansing, UAW strikers can sign up next Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their union halls.

Union leaders say while contract talks are progressing they don't want to take any chances if a worker has to pay for medical expense out of pocket.

"Normally insurances cover the first to the first, so i don't know why they wouldn't pay the bill..but international's stand is they're going to take care of everybody if they incur any bills between now and when they get signed up next week. It'll be retroactive and it will be covered by the union," Steve Delaney, vice president of Local 602 said.

If you're looking to sign up, all you need to bring is your social security number as well as the number of dependents and birth-dates for them.

The health insurance covered by the union's strike fund covers prescriptions and co-pays. It does not cover hearing, vision or accident benefits.

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