Nearly a month out of work and now out of insurance for some Island Air workers.
About 75 of the Airline's former employees showed up to Dillingham Plaza on Tuesday, hoping for some good news from the 20 employers who were there.
When Island Air filed for bankruptcy and closed on November 10th, employees were originally told their health insurance would be paid through the month. But according to a November 20th letter filed in court on Monday, the airline went into liquidation and never paid last month's health insurance premiums for its 423 employees. Now that the company ceases to exist, employees aren't eligible for COBRA insurance extensions.
“There’s no COBRA plans, I still haven’t figured out what I will be doing for medical insurance. I’m hoping to find a job soon and that will be covered.” Said a former Island Air employee at Tuesday’s job fair, Amber Donovan.
“I need my medical benefits. That way I don't have to worry about getting hurt or anything and still be covered.” Said another former employee, Calvin Ka’auwai. According to the court filing, Island Air owed over $192,000 in total to Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, Hawaii Dental Service, and Hawaii Medical Assurance Association.
Last month, any employees who had medical expenses didn’t have any type of health insurance. Some at the job fair visited the "MedQuest” booth in hopes of qualifying for coverage.
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