Allegheny County officials resolve insurance issues

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Allegheny County officials say they have worked out a problem that could have reduced life insurance for some retirees from $10,000 to $4,000.

County Treasurer John Weinstein, who also serves as president of the Retirement Board of Allegheny County, said letters will be sent to retirees notifying them of the fix later this week.

"We have worked on this issue relentlessly since it happened in January," he said Tuesday night.

A switch in life insurance providers in earlier this year resulted in about 1,000 of the county's 4,000 retirees being notified that they would receive $4,000 in life insurance benefits rather than $10,000.

County Controller Chelsa Wagner, who also serves on the retirement board, has brought up the issue multiple times, sending out a news release calling for a resolution and speaking before council earlier this month.

Ms. Wagner also proposed a legislative solution, which was on council's agenda Tuesday night and was referred to committee.

But Mr. Weinstein repeated what other county officials said earlier this month, that the issue has already been resolved.

Kaitlynn Riely: or 412-263-1707.

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