Video: Utah Officer's Widow Says State's Survivor Benefits Need to Improve
April 11, 2014
VIDEO: Utah Officer's Widow Says State's Survivor Benefits Need to Improve
The murder of Utah County Sgt. Cory Wride Jan. 30 during a traffic stop in Eagle Mountain exposed a fault with Utah's retirement plan for police officers, Wride's widow Nannette Wride says.
Wride learned the state of Utah won’t honor her husband's police pension, and she’s losing her health coverage. Had her husband reached 20 years of service, he could have retired and collected 50 percent of his salary for the rest of his life from the Utah retirement system, KSL reports. He had served 19 years and three months when he was killed.
As it stands, Wride’s family gets a one-time payment of $1,500. They also receive $1,863 per month, which is 37 percent of Wride’s salary, plus $50 per month for each minor child. Wride said next year it will cost $1,400 per month to continue her husband’s county health plan.
State Rep. Paul Ray is stepping in to help Wride who is now struggling with the state over benefits. The Utah Fraternal Order of Police is also calling for change.
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Ima Leprechaun @ 4/13/2014 2:35 PM
I am sorry for your loss but all retirees everywhere are being hit in exactly the same way. My healthcare costs always go up by more than my COLA and that is just the price of the policy not counting deductibles and co-pays. I earn negative income from my pension which is my sole source of income when I die my wife gets nothing not even my healthcare umbrella. Mrs. Wride's level of care is way above my State but we all need more. I cannot figure out why all Law Enforcement, EMS, Corrections and Fire do not organize together as one big self insured healthcare company. I know its possible because the city I retired from was self insured with respect to healthcare. I would think that block would be so huge we could set the pace for healthcare and undermine every healthcare insurance company in existence. We could control our own prices and serve our own interests rather than those of an insurance company who do not care about public service. I cannot see why this cannot be done and if more public servants want to join then the power base grows even more. We all need healthcare as do our families and it is well within the grasp of our collective needs to set our own standards.
KevCopAZ @ 4/14/2014 5:52 PM
This is tragic, this family deserves more. I blames the politicians as well as the Police "unions" . In Az the on duty death would give the family full benefits up till normal retirement (20) and then 50% to wife and additional percentages to each underage child. The College education of each of his children at a state school would be free (tuition). Health care would remain in place until the 20 year retirement and then continue but at the cost of a retire not an active officer. All benefits for the spouse would stoop if they remarry.
tedb @ 4/15/2014 7:55 AM
Back in the late 80's-early 90's an Idaho State Trooper was badly injured in a gunfight near the Utah line. He was caught in the same web, although he survived but could not return to duty. The Idaho legislature passed a special bill for Trooper Hobbs to make things right. Can't Utah do the same? Also, isn't there a federal death benefit for state and local officers KIA? There used to be one at the time I retired.
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