Fort Wayne GM workers concerned about health coverage during strike

One of the sticking points between the UAW and GM is health coverage.

Posted: Sep 18, 2019 11:11 PM
Updated: Sep 25, 2019 2:47 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The United Auto Workers strike against General Motors enters a fourth a day.

Wednesday, GM told FOX 55 in a statement "While on strike, some benefits shift to being funded by the union's strike fund, and in this case hourly employees are eligible for union-paid COBRA so their health care benefits can continue."

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Now members of UAW Local 2209 in Fort Wayne are starting to worry about health insurance coverage.

"Really concerned about our future," said Michael Blanton, who is worried about health coverage for his 9-year-old daughter Layla.

"Don't even know what to say about her situation," said.

Layla is diagnosed with Lissencephaly, a rare neurological disorder commonly known as "smooth brain."
She is confined to a wheel chair, and Blanton said caring for her isn't cheap.

"She's on a handful of seizure medications and she needs to be tube fed," said Blanton.

One of the sticking points between the UAW and GM is health coverage.

Before the strike, the only out of pocket expense Blanton had was a co-pay.

"We've been stressing. Trying to figure out what we can do to endure this," Blanton said.

Blanton's not sure how long the UAW COBRA insurance will be able to last.

"Trying not to think about. Just doing what we can now," he said.

UAW Local 2209 members have until noon Friday to sign up for UAW COBRA insurance.

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