Before the WGA went on strike, its leaders repeatedly assured members they would retain eligibility within the guild-industry health plan for the duration of the work stoppage.
But the assertion that "the clock will stop" -- made on numerous occasions to members by WGA West president Patric Verrone and exec director David Young -- turned out to be wrong.
About 250 WGA members will lose their eligibility April 1 because they did not meet the plan's 12-month earnings threshold of $30,823 as of Dec. 31. That's about 40% higher than the usual number who lose eligibility, and that figure will probably jump significantly in July -- because of the loss of earnings during the strike.
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