Locked-out hospital workers lose health coverage

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Nurses and technicians who have been locked out in a labor dispute with Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London have learned that state law does not protect them from losing health care coverage.

The Day of New London reports (http://bit.ly/1bzaexI ) that a state Department of Labor spokeswoman says the hospital is self-insured and does not have to provide 20 days' notice before dropping coverage.

Striking members of AFT Connecticut had complained that, though the hospital informed them of the possibility of losing coverage, they did not get any formal written notification.

Matt O'Connor, a union spokesman, said U.S. Department of Labor representatives are set to meet Tuesday with workers to review their options.

Hospital spokesman Mike O'Farrell says striking workers became eligible Dec. 1 for a federal program providing temporary health coverage.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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