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Manitowoc County taxpayers getting break on county worker health plans

MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - Manitowoc County taxpayers are no longer picking up health insurance for the spouses of county employees who can get affordable coverage elsewhere.

Under the county's budget for the new year, working spouses are no longer covered under their spouses' government plans if they could get insured by their own companies for $249 a month or less.

The Manitowoc Herald-Times Reporter said 126 spouses lost their county coverage -- while 100 other spouses remained eligible.

County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer proposed the change. He said the part of the Obama health reform law which required coverage for employees' dependents did not apply to working spouses.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)