The Lucas County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to end the policy of allowing the spouses of county employees to be covered under the worker's health insurance plan. The change takes place on March 1. Commissioner Pete Gerken says this decision will save the county money. "It costs us $700 a month to cover 680 employees," Commissioner Gerken said. One of the people affected is Don Zellers, a producer at WSPD radio. "Come March 1st, I am going to have to figure out what to do because I am getting older and I make a lot of trips to the doctor, " Zellers said. Zellers relies on his wife's insurance because he does not get benefits at either of his two part-time jobs.
Commissioner Gerken claims the simple answer for those affected is to buy their own health insurance through the Affordable Care Act."This is what Obamacare was meant for, to make insurance portable, affordable and available," Gerken said.Zellers never anticipated that he would have to sign up for Obamacare. "I'm really worried and I'm not looking forward to it because with me working two jobs, I don't have four hours to spend going on a website," Zellers said.
The dependents of county employees will not be affected by this change. The spouses of employees will still have dental and prescription coverage.