Dec 22, 2015

Local 282 VP wins thousands in health payments

Local 282 Vice President Christopher Cook was recently successful in winning over $20,000 in retroactive health insurance benefit payments after a DCF employee unsuccessfully tried to appeal a denial of coverage for a family member.    

After the Unit 6 member contacted the GIC and was denied an appeal, Cook stepped in. The GIC was initially adamant that there was no appeals process for the missed deadline, but Cook stood firm, as any representative would do for a member in need. When an appeals process was finally granted, Cook was able to help his member through the long process of gathering all the correct paperwork and filing accordingly.  “Whatever we brought back, we needed more.  It took months to gather all the information that we needed,” stated Cook.

Cook also credited a helpful staff member at the GIC for assistance. “We were fortunate to have a reasonable attorney on the other side.”  

Hard work paid off when the appeal was won and the employee was awarded over $20,000 in benefits for child-related medical expenses.  Cook put it in perspective for us. “This case really demonstrates the difference between individual and collective action.  All members should be using their union representatives; that’s why they pay dues!  When the bottom falls out, we are here for our members.”  

The American Labor Movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America. - John F. Kennedy
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