Detroit bankruptcy affecting health care coverage for city employees, retirees

(WXYZ) - Important health care cuts are happening now for Detroit City employees and retirees. 

For police and fire retirees who are not Medicare eligible, they must sign up for new insurance by this Saturday at or have their insurance coverage cut off. 

Effective on March 1, the City of Detroit will stop providing health insurance to retirees. 

The city will provide a monthly stipend to help cover the costs, depending on the retiree's age and household income.  Active employees have also seen cuts in their coverage especially with prescription drugs. 

Detroit continues to work through the bankruptcy process with an $18 billion debt including cutting billions in health care coverage.


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