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Local 238 Secretary-Treasurer Jesse Case Calls on Central States Health and Welfare Fund to Continue Coverage For Laid Off Members During Pandemic
Updated On: Mar 25, 2020
Although laid off members have access to continued coverage through COBRA, Local 238 Secretary-Treasurer Jesse Case says that may not be adequate during these times.
"The pandemic is a highly unusual situation that presents great uncertainty for our members, but we can get through this together if all entities cooperate and do their part – including the insurance industry. By working together, we can strive to make sure everyone gets through this without being wiped out financially due to no fault of their own. Central States should continue coverage for members who are laid off due to the pandemic until people are back to work regardless of COBRA status. Everyone needs to do their part." Local 238 Secretary-Treasurer Jesse Case
Currently, if a member is laid off, they have 60 days from the notice date by Central States to make the COBRA payment. If they don’t go to the doctor or dentist and they are called back to work they won’t need to make the COBRA payment. But if they do need it or have an emergency that pops-up they will have to write a check to continue coverage. Case is calling on Central States to continue coverage, regardless of COBRA status, for workers who are laid off due to the pandemic.