Some Embarq Retirees To Lose Health Benefits

Imagine working all your life, retiring with health benefits, then having those benefits taken away just when you need them the most.

That's what thousands of retirees from the Embarq telephone company across North Carolina are dealing with. In January, Embarq will end company-sponsored healthcare coverage for its former employees who are eligible for Medicare.

Retirees gathered in New Bern Tuesday to try and figure out what to do. Some employees plan to fight the decision. Embarq officials did not return our calls seeking comment, but said in a letter to employees, the move is to help the company remain competitive.

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  • by Franklin Location: Greenville, N.C. on Aug 21, 2007 at 06:43 PM
    Thank you for your news coverage on the loss of benefits for the retirees of Sprint - Embarq. These benefits were agreed to and signed by The Company as part of our benefit package, and was agreed to be ongoing. thank you, Franklin D Smith
  • by Norma Location: Washington, NC on Aug 15, 2007 at 07:19 AM
    I retired from Sprint/Embarq in 2001. Thank you for making the withdrawal of benefits a news item. The retirees will need as many avenues of support as possible. Please follow-up and continue your coverage.
  • by Corbin Location: Overland Park, KS on Aug 15, 2007 at 05:31 AM
    They continue to take away what was promised and call it share holders value but how about all those that worked to raise the share holders value to see what they were promised for their future taken away. How long before the rest of their promised benefits are taken away. The company uses the employee and then tosses them away when they chose too.

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