- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

PIEDMONT, W.Va. (AP) - City of Piedmont officials have voted to terminate health benefits for city employees.

The Mineral Daily News-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1r2ezoy) that the decision was made at the latest city council meeting and will be effective July 1. The topic of health insurance had been on the agenda for several months.

Mayor Ben Smith says the motion to stop the health insurance coverage was done “with regrets.” He says he didn’t want to hurt anyone, but adds, “We have to survive.”

During the meeting, Smith suggested a memo be placed in the workers’ next paycheck informing them of the change in their health insurance coverage.

Commissioner Susie Clark suggested that workers look on the Health Insurance Market Place to find options for coverage.

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