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I-Team: Lucas Co. employee spouses may lose insurance

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The 13abc I-team is learning about major changes that could be on the way for Lucas County employees' health insurance.

Under a new proposal, spouses of employees will not be offered primary coverage.  County Administrator Laura Lloyd-Jenkins wants to be clear, if the proposal is ratified by the unions and county commissioners it would only affect the spouse, not children.  But it's certainly a new way of doing business in the county.

The county has about 3000 employees everything from Sheriff's deputies to jail employees, but Lloyd-Jenkins was not sure how many employees actually use the county health insurance  coverage.

Lloyd-Jenkins tells the I-Team that the cut of the spouse is not a done deal yet, it's still under consideration and has not been approved by all the bargaining units or the county commissioners. 

There is still a chance that the plan could be modified, but as it stands, spouses would no longer be offered primary coverage, only offered secondary coverage.  Lloyd-Jenkins tells the I-Team county coverage would then pick up what the spouse's new primary insurance coverage does not.   

She believes this will have minimal impact on the spouses affected by this. 

So where would these spouses get this new insurance?  Lloyd-Jenkins says they will work with the spouse to find that coverage. 

And the I-Team has learned that could include the new exchanges from the Affordable Care Act.

The I-Team talked with the president of the local AFSCME union which represents about 900 county employees.      

He tells me that several of his unit have already approved this new proposal and he feels with plans offered through the Affordable Care Act, that plans will be available for spouses. 

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