Asheville firefighters continue their battle for retirement health benefits

  • Source: WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville
  • Published: 11/29/2018 03:02 PM

Firefighters in Asheville are fighting to bring back health benefits for retired members of the department. They say a lack of these benefits is forcing many firefighters to make some tough decisions. Many of them are faced with the possibility of having to work until the age of 65 because they simply can't afford health insurance for themselves and their families. The policy of not offering retirement health insurance doesn't just affect firefighters in the city, though. It affects all employees hired after 2012. At the time the city made the decision to end the insurance, it said it was because of the cost. Asheville Fire Fighters Association president Scott Mullins says at a time when cancer and illness among firefighters is on the rise, they need and deserve these benefits more than ever.


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