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Group Health Insurance from 2 Employers

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Question: I’m a union employee with health coverage at a minimal cost. My wife has health insurance thru her employer but pays approximately 50 percent of the premium. We also have two children and my wife has them on her policy. We’re thinking of saving money by adding everybody to my policy and dropping her insurance. I’m wondering if my insurance will say that her employer offers a policy even though we’re paying high premiums that her policy is primary coverage for the family. I would love to drop her policy and add the whole family to my policy. I would appreciate any feed back…Thank you, James.

Answer: James, your insurance company cannot refuse to cover your wife and kids as dependents on your group health insurance plan because your wife has access to coverage with her employer. However, your union may have their own rules or regulations that you need to inquire about.

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