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Ohio's Portman and Brown push for health care extension for Delphi
A bipartisan effort to avoid a lapse in health benefits for retired Delphi workers fails in Senate committee

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Jeff St. Clair
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A key health care benefit for unemployed manufacturing workers is set to expire at the end of the year despite the efforts of Ohio’s two U.S. Senators. 

Republican Rob Portman argued today before the Senate finance committee that the Health Coverage Tax Credit should be extended beyond its January 1st deadline.

LISTEN: Sen. Rob Portman on Delphi retirees

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“For a lot of users of this program, including about 20,000 families of the Delphi retirees who nearly lost everything during the GM bankruptcy, they very much depend on this health care tax credit for their health insurance.” 

The credit covers 72.5 percent of health costs for pensioned workers not eligible for Medicare.  Five thousand former Delphi workers in Ohio rely on the benefit. 

Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana said he will work toward an extension of retiree health benefits when Congress reconvenes next year. 

Portman’s amendment is co-sponsored by Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown.

Listener Comments:

Has nothing happened yet on S.1446 or HR2783? I now have to pay the full premium for my health insurance. Which, by the way takes all of my retirement pension. Please pass HR2783 or any bill that would reestablish HCTC for PBGC retirees.

Sandra Childress

Posted by: Sandra Childress (Madison Heights, VA) on February 24, 2014 2:02AM
Without the HCTC aid I pay all of my PBGC retirement check to Anthems premium each month. Please pass the S.1446 bill. I fall in the gap of not qualifying for Medicare until age 65. I will be 63 my next birthday.

Thank you,

Sandra Childress

Posted by: Sandra Childress (429 Thomas Rd. Madison Heights, VA 24572) on January 6, 2014 11:01AM
Max Baucus should be told that the HCTC expires THIS year. Working toward an extension NEXT year is economic suicide for the 20,000 Delphi retirees who depend on its existence. The extension must take place by Dec. 31th!

Posted by: Joe Musick (Warren, OH) on December 12, 2013 10:12AM
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