The news on the government shutdown yesterday was as up and down as the temperatures in the nation’s capital. After the federal government’s personnel office warned workers that they would have to start paying their dental and vision premiums out of pocket or risk losing their coverage, the office then reversed course and said that wouldn’t happen until they miss a third paycheck. Then the Senate voted down dueling proposals from the GOP and Democrats to reopen the government. As the 800,000 federal workers either furloughed or working without pay face another week without a paycheck, a welcome bit of relief was offered by American Income Life, which not only extended its lay-off premium waiver but asked its union agents and employees across the country “to reach out to their federal elected officials to express their support for ending the Shutdown and getting people back to work,” CEO Steve Greer wrote to AFGE president J. David Cox Sr. “As these employees face yet another pay cycle of uncertainty,” Greer said, “the last thing they need to worry about is their life insurance premium.” AIL provides supplemental life insurance to labor unions, credit unions, and associations; AIL policyholders can click here or call 1-800-433-3405 for the waiver.
Click here for the Community Services Agency’s complete list of government shutdown resources.
photo: at Wednesday's "Occupy Hart demo