Former employees and first responders in the Township of Hampton will lose their health benefits.
In a letter sent to retirees earlier this week, the municipality said due to the loss of income, it would no longer pay for health care coverage. The letter also stated that retirees will receive a check for $ 1,000 to ease the transition.
A retired resident said he was disappointed with the recent announcement.
“I guess there’s nothing nobody can do about it at this point,” said a retired resident. “They say they don’t have enough money, but they keep hiring employees. So they must have employees and then they try to take my benefits away from us after spending 37 years here.”
The letter stated that retiree benefits would expire on November 30.
The township said all retirement health benefits had not been cut for union retirees.
Rather, an allowance to purchase insurance will be paid to a retiree until the retiree becomes Medicare eligible. Once Medicare eligibility is reached, the allowance will cease, as is the case for all non-union retirees and as will be the case for all active employees who will retire in the future, ”the municipality said.
The township said the decision was made to cut spending after a drastic cut in revenue for Consumers Energy.