Following hot on the heels of Chrysler’s health care cost restructuring, Ford has announced that it will begin charging an extra fee to employees who choose to cover their spouses on their own policy if they are able to be covered elsewhere. The extra cost will be $110/month for medical coverage and $11/month for dental.
The Detroit Free Press states this practice is not uncommon and it does make sense from Ford’s point of view. We’re sure many couples have chosen Ford’s coverage over available alternatives because it likely offers more in terms of choice, quality of care and breadth of coverage, but that’s a big bill for the Blue Oval to foot.

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