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Furloughed Employees Face Healthcare Benefit Challenge

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County Administrator Joe Casey says the decision to furlough over 500 employees was made because they’re anticipating a recession, which will decrease county revenues in the next year. (Photo: Ian Stewart/VPM News)

More than 500 Chesterfield County employees will be furloughed after finishing work today. Not all workers will qualify for health benefits because of their employment status. 

Chesterfield County Human Resource Director Mary Martin Selby says it all depends on how many hours employees work and whether they're a permanent part of the staff. Temporary workers will not receive health benefits, nor will part-time permanent employees who work under 24 hours per week.

Selby says any permanent part-time eligible employee - someone who works between 24 to 30 hours per week - or full-time workers who have county health insurance will remain covered for up to six months while on  furlough. 

And those employees would not be required to pay their portion of health care premiums during that time.

Employees who don't fall under that umbrella will have to apply for coverage through the Affordable Care Act, COBRA, Medicaid or Medicare.

Ian M. Stewart previously was the transportation reporter and fill-in anchor for VPM News.
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