Just ask the widows in an Alabama county who have been dropped from their health insurance because of the healthcare law.
According to a report by Huntsville, Alabama-based WHNT, more than a dozen widows in Madison County lost their coverage this year because they had been covered under the county’s self-insured plan, which has gotten so expensive that the county could no longer afford to keep it and comply with the many mandates found in the Affordable Care Act.
Fox News reports, “The county instead joined a statewide network that dozens of county governments already are in. That plan, though, does not offer coverage to husbands and wives when their government employee spouses die.”
Officials state they were informed that new coverage requirements for ObamaCare would cost the county an additional $25 million per year, money that the county does not have.
Madison County Commissioner Roger Jones is working to try and restore the coverage, but whether he can be successful remains to be seen.
“What I’m trying to do is get this coverage back to them,” Jones said. “A lot of these people are on fixed incomes. Some of them are living on Social Security and very little else, and health insurance is very important to them.”
But Madison County Chairman Dale Strong asserts that multiple factors need to be considered when approaching this issue.
“The thing I’m wanting to know is, is this a common practice with the corporate world, is this a common practice within the state of Alabama. While I want to do what’s right for the employees, I also want to do what’s right for the taxpayers of Madison County,” said Strong.
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