EASTON, Pa. – As nursing home staff proceed their strike in Easton, they’re sharing stories of how what they call inadequate medical health insurance is affecting their lives.
The strike is ongoing at 14 facilities across Pennsylvania, including some in Berks and Schuylkill counties. On the Gardens for Memory Care at Easton, staff said they’ve medical health insurance provided by their employer, Priority Healthcare, as an alternative of by the union. They said it the medical health insurance offered by the corporate, and infrequently doesn’t cover their medical bills, including treatment for COVID-19.
“To start with of the pandemic, I got COVID from work and had to remain home for 3 months because I used to be sick. I used to be in a position to get care, but my insurance from Priority didn’t cover the fee, and I got multiple bills sent to me. It was ridiculous,” said Niim Lassiter, an authorized nursing assistant on strike.
One man told us he’s 1000’s of dollars in debt.
“I had a head injury about 2018. I used to be out of labor for an entire 12 months, and the insurance that we now have, currently have, didn’t pay for my medical bills, so I currently owe over $100,000 in medical bills,” said Charles Thomas, who can be an authorized nursing assistant on strike.
We reached out to the corporate. Priority Healthcare said it did offer higher advantages to staff with lower premiums in a deal last week, however the union didn’t agree. There is no such thing as a timeline for when the strike might come to an end.