Ventura County Supervisors Decide To Allow County-Employed Reservists To Retain Health Coverage
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors this week decided that county-employed military reservists who are called to active duty can retain their health insurance, the Los Angeles Times reports. Federal law requires employers to continue to cover the cost of health insurance for reservists for one month, after which time they can enroll in Tricare, the health plan for military personnel, retirees and their families. Union representatives, however, asked the county to allow county-employed reservists to retain their county-sponsored health coverage "to minimize disruption in their families' lives," the Times reports. The decision will affect 16 county-employed reservists called to active duty earlier this year and could affect as many as 49 additional employees, county officials said. Supervisor Judy Mikels said, "To have to deal with young children and medical issues is tough. This is one less disruption that they will have to deal with" (Saillant, Los Angeles Times, 4/3).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.