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West Virginia Hospital’s $5.6 Million Retiree Health Deal OK’d

Aug. 11, 2022, 5:29 PM

Retirees of West Virginia’s Cabell Huntington Hospital Inc. scored preliminary approval of a $5.6 million class settlement in their federal lawsuit challenging proposed cuts to their health coverage.

The deal is expected to provide payments of more than $18,860 to each of 211 non-union retirees who were told in 2021 that their health coverage with Cabell Huntington would be curtailed or terminated. Judge Robert C. Chambers of the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia signed the approval order Wednesday.

The lawsuit, filed in 2021 by retired hospital workers Martha Blenko and Laura Mullarky, claims the hospital ...