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Nov 6, 2014 5:44 PM

Striking FairPoint worker struggles with suspended healthcare


A Manchester mother caring for her son as he undergoes cancer treatment is worried she may be left with a hefty medical bill after FairPoint suspended her healthcare along with hundreds of other striking workers.

"I'm not sleeping well," said Kate Field. "It's a lot to have a sick child and not having a job on top of it right now, just being out on strike, is a lot."

Kate Field and her husband Brian are the parents of two young children. Their oldest, Jaxson, 10, underwent a bone-marrow transplant in June but his acute myeloid leukemia relapsed in September.

Field is a FairPoint employee who walked out on October 17th over contract disputes. FairPoint recently announced it would no longer pay for health insurance for employees not working.

"Our medical plan covers those working for the company and since the unions chose to go on strike, they are no longer working for the company, and they became ineligible under the plan," a company spokesperson said.

Kate learned Thursday the family is eligible under her husband's insurance, but they aren't sure if a recent medical bill will be covered.

"I don't know if my insurance will start on November 1st or December 1st with my husbands (insurance), so it's just up in the air," Fields said.

After learning of the Field's situation FairPoint released this statement:

"Our hearts and prayers go out to Kate, her son and her entire family. In fact, many FairPointers - from both unions and management - contributed to successful fundraisers for the Field's to help offset costs - raising over $20,000 for her."

Kate Field said she is ready to get back to work and she hopes the union and company negotiations on November 18th will bring the sides together.

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