Retirees Rage As Century Ends Health Care Coverage

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Ravenswood, W.Va. (AP) -- Retirees of the mothballed Century Aluminum plant in Ravenswood are worried how they'll survive when their health care coverage is cut off Jan. 1.

For those too young for medicare, it could mean crisis.

Century closed the factory in 2009, laying off more than 600 workers and devastating a community.

Now, retirees are angry it's breaking past promises of a comfortable retirement in exchange for lower wages.

Century tells West Virginia Public Broadcasting it regrets the impact on retirees and will help with payments for six months for those who want to continue buying coverage.

The United Steelworkers Union says new federal health care legislation could help, through the early retiree reinsurance program.

But it says Century declined to participate.

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