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Transportation Day 2011

Government Collaboration to Help Dislocated RG Steel Workers

Virginia Haynes, Administrative Coordinator

Government Collaboration Works!Governors Earl Ray Tomblin and John Kasich announced that West Virginia and Ohio, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, have developed a collaborative agreement to provide assistance with health insurance premium payments to dislocated RG Steel workers in Ohio.

On November 29, the Department of Labor awarded WorkForce West Virginia a $1.2 million National Emergency Grant (NEG) Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) Gap Filler Grant to assist 500 dislocated Ohio RG Steel workers with health insurance premium payments.

The NEG HCTC Program provides funding for 72.5 percent of individuals' monthly health insurance premium payments during the three month IRS-HCTC application approval process, thereby eliminating any gap or lapse in insurance coverage.

WorkForce West Virginia previously has received NEG grants and HCTC Gap Filler funds to assist dislocated West Virginia RG Steel workers with health insurance premium payments and has a history of administering NEG HCTC funds. For these reasons, it is in the best interest of the dislocated Ohio workers to have West Virginia administer the program.


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