charge extra fee to insure workers' mates
The Arizona Republic
Thursday, March 16, 2006
DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. plans to charge an additional fee
for salaried employees who want to have their spouses
included on the company's health care plan. The fee would
apply only to spouses who can get health benefits elsewhere.
Such employees will pay $110 a month for medical coverage
and $11 a month for dental care, Ford spokeswoman Marcey
Evans said Wednesday.
Evans said Ford "has to balance the cost of health care that
it faces, the increase of costs that it faces every year."
Ford spent $3.5 billion on health care expenses in 2005,
compared with $3.1 billion in costs the previous year.
The automaker has not projected how much it expects to spend
DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group said Wednesday that it
will change its health care plan for active and retired
salaried employees to require those who earn more to pay
more in premiums.
Chrysler said that beginning in 2007, the increase in every
active salaried employees' health care pretax premium would
be based on their rank and base salary level. Top
executives would be responsible for up to 100 percent of
"We all have to do our part going forward. And we have to
do it in a way that is innovative, competitive, equitable
and provides a long-term solution," Chrysler President and
Chief Executive Tom LaSorda said in a letter to employees.
The changes will affect about 17,600 retirees and 14,900