Goodyear Workers Face Jump in Health Insurance Premiums

Striking steelworkers at the Goodyear plant in Topeka face a huge jump in health insurance premiums after January 3rd.

Under its old contract with the United Steelworkers Union, Goodyear has been paying for nearly all of the premiums for workers' health care.

That contract allowed strikers to continue paying $36 per month for a family and $12 a month for an individual for 90 days after the strike began October 5th.

The price for continued coverage will skyrocket under COBRA, a federal law that allows a worker to remain insured while on strike or after leaving a company.

Goodyear said in a letter last month that COBRA coverage will cost about $300 per month for a single person and a thousand dollars a month for a family.