Good Samaritan Nursing Home employees may lose health coverage

October 04, 2019 06:59 PM

BETHLEHEM - Employees at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Delmar could lose their health insurance coverage in three weeks.

Officials with 1199SEIU, the union that represents Good Samaritan Nursing Home employees, said the facility's management company has not paid their contributions toward their employees' health benefits in over three months.


Officials with 1199SEIU said if at least two months payments aren't received before October 24, the coverage will be cancelled.

Direct care workers said if leave Good Sam for a job with health coverage, it would worsen staffing issues at the home.

Teneisha Addison has been a Certified Nurse Assistant at Good Sam for five years. She doesn't want to leave, but her husband is ill and she also has a child.

"I can't be in a place where I am not covered by health insurance, absolutely not I have a family, you know? And not to have insurance health insurance, I can't do that," Addison said.

Licensed Practical Nurse Satheesh Joy said after 10 years at Good Sam, he can't turn his back on the residents now, despite having just welcomed twins.

"I'm going to stick with my facility. I know there are a lot of things in reality are going to happen to my personal life and with my twins, but I have to take care of both at the same time," Joy said.

Calls to Good Sam and Lutheran Care Network went unanswered on Friday. Officials with 1199SEIU said they've also had a hard time getting in touch.

"We've been trying to have these conversations with management, but they don't necessarily seem too receptive necessarily. They seem to have their own ideas on how to run the facility," Executive Vice President for 1199SEIU Hudson Valley Chapter Greg Speller said.

Though Good Sam or Lutheran Care Network administrators could keep the insurance active by making some of the delinquent payments, the company will still have to pay the rest of the delinquent fees at some point.

Stay tuned to NewsChannel 13 for updates on this story.


Emily Burkhard

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