AKRON (Nov. 17, 2003) — In 2004, Goodyear will ask that spouses of its employees switch to their own employer's health insurance if it is provided in a move to trim some costs, a spokesman said.
The policy would not apply to spouses who either don't work or don't receive benefits from another employer, he added. Goodyear may offset some of the costs if the other coverage is more expensive, the spokesman said. Children still can be carried on Goodyear's insurance.
The tire maker does not yet know how much will be saved or how many people will be affected by the move. While it is expected to save some money, the plan is being accepted by other companies as well, the spokesman said.