Retirees worry about finding affordable health insurance - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Retirees worry about finding affordable health insurance

Roger Peck retired as a captain on the Memphis Fire Department after 36 years, but is now worried about how he'll make ends meet.  (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Roger Peck retired as a captain on the Memphis Fire Department after 36 years, but is now worried about how he'll make ends meet. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

(WMC) - A retired Memphis firefighter says he is concerned about his family, even after the city promised to help him find affordable health insurance.

On Wednesday, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton said all city retirees will be taken care of when it comes to their health insurance coverage, but one retiree says the city's decisions to cut benefits are affecting him and his family in a big way.

Roger Peck retired as a captain on the Memphis Fire Department after 36 years, but is now worried about how he'll make ends meet. 

"It's all about trust, and there's no trust anymore," he says.

While the city council says they're working towards helping retirees like Peck pay for medical premiums, medications, co-pays, and deductibles, Mayor Wharton assures retirees they have nothing to worry about.

"You know, I really get tired of listening to him. Actions, what you do, is more effective than talking about it," Peck continues. 

Peck says he was forced to retire in 1998 to help care for his handicapped wife.

He says both are covered under Medicare Parts A and B, but he's worried he'll have to pay for another insurance supplement to cover health care costs.

"That's why we work for $16 an hour because we have a 25 or 30 year pension.  You can't pay them what they're worth.  But, you can at least give them something they can count on when they retire," says Peck.

Peck says with benefits in the balance, qualified police and firefighters will likely move elsewhere.

And he says that will be a burden Memphis doesn't want to bear.

"Yeah, I'm worried, worried about everybody," he adds.

Get the latest from WMC Action News 5 anytime: iPhone | iPad | Android | SMS Alerts | Email Alerts | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Copyright 2014 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Accused serial rapist and killer undetected working as cop

    Accused serial rapist and killer undetected working as cop

    Thursday, April 26 2018 2:39 AM EDT2018-04-26 06:39:08 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 5:30 AM EDT2018-04-26 09:30:29 GMT
    (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli). Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, left, talks to reporters about the arrest Joesph James DeAngelo, seen in photo, on suspicion of committing a string of violent crimes in the 1970's and 1980's after a news conference. ...(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli). Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, left, talks to reporters about the arrest Joesph James DeAngelo, seen in photo, on suspicion of committing a string of violent crimes in the 1970's and 1980's after a news conference. ...

    The suspected Golden State Killer became less prolific but deadlier after losing his job as a police officer.

    More >>

    The suspected Golden State Killer became less prolific but deadlier after losing his job as a police officer.

    More >>
  • Netflix: What's coming and going in May

    Netflix: What's coming and going in May

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 2:59 PM EDT2018-04-25 18:59:20 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 6:33 PM EDT2018-04-25 22:33:26 GMT

    Among the items leaving for the month are hit movies like "Disney's The Jungle Book," "Bridget Jones's Diary" and "Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby."

    More >>

    Among the items leaving for the month are hit movies like "Disney's The Jungle Book," "Bridget Jones's Diary" and "Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby."

    More >>
  • Caught on video: Pit bull attacks woman on Subway

    Caught on video: Pit bull attacks woman on Subway

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 11:18 PM EDT2018-04-26 03:18:25 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 11:20 PM EDT2018-04-26 03:20:24 GMT

    Authorities in New York City are searching for the owner of a dog after a woman was attacked by the animal on the subway. The incident was caught on camera.

    More >>

    Authorities in New York City are searching for the owner of a dog after a woman was attacked by the animal on the subway. The incident was caught on camera.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly