Laid off Ohio Valley steelworkers lose health care

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) -- RG Steel is ending health benefits for laid-off Ohio Valley steelworkers.

Acting President Christ Vergitz of United Steelworkers Local 1190 says at least 200 people could be affected.

He says workers got two years of coverage under their last contract. RG extended that for a year in 2011. But the benefits will start ending March 31.

That means no health, dental or vision coverage for the workers or their families, unless they've already found other jobs.

Vergitz says many haven't. For those who are older or chronically ill, the loss of health care could be devastating.

The Mingo Junction and Steubenville, Ohio, plants -- once part of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel -- have sat idle for nearly three years.

The Intelligencer (http://bit.ly/GJm9GZ) says RG won't comment on whether they're for sale.

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Information from: The Intelligencer, http://www.theintelligencer.net