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Video: County Pulls Health Insurance for Nebraska Deputy Recovering from Ambush Shooting

June 09, 2016  | 

VIDEO: County Pulls Health Insurance for Wounded Nebraska Deputy

Tuesday morning, Deuel County, NE, commissioners did not make a decision on whether to pay for temporary health coverage for a wounded sheriff's deputy while he recovers from an on-duty shooting.

Deuel County, NE, Deputy Mike Hutchinson made a promise to serve and protect, and now he wants Deuel County to do the same for him, reports KNOP.

Hutchinson was shot four times on December 3, 2015 while serving an arrest warrant in Big Springs. While recovering from injuries sustained during the shooting, he's been on workman's comp.

However, recently, Hutchinson found out his family's insurance provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, canceled their coverage.

Tuesday, Hutchinson, his family, and their attorney met with the county commissioners in hopes they would pay for equivalent health coverage similar to the one he had before, whether it's through COBRA or the Healthcare Marketplace, until he can return to work. The COBRA fee is about $1,500 a month.

It is not clear when or if the commissioners will approve insurance coverage.

Hutchinson says he's quickly finding out any officer or first responder who's hurt on the job could face the same dilemma.

Comments (6)

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O Groman @ 6/9/2016 4:29 PM

I can feel his frustration, although not shot, I was injuried in an on the job traffic accident, this injury has left me permanently disabled. I was terminated from my post, and lost health care coverage for my family, although I am still collecting workers comp.

[email protected] @ 6/9/2016 10:13 PM

Nice. Sure would make you think twice about joining that department. As for Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, I'd find me one of those hot on the trail lawyers and sue for as much as the bag will hold. Both of these outfits need to be regrouped and slapped. Blues, Stay Safe.

Tom @ 6/11/2016 8:57 AM

The county has a population of about 1,900. That's less than two thousand people. They undoubtedly have very limited resources. It may be a case where the State or even the L.E. community needs to step in. I wonder how much a Deputy gets paid there. Like everyone I complained about my pay but I realize I had it very good compared to a lot of places (not near as good as others).

Joe @ 6/11/2016 10:14 AM

Wow and the F.O.P is where? And Blue cross Blue shield your name should take on some responsibility in the LE community. And BCBS haven't you had enough bad press with the numerous hacks that have happened, and I am sure there will be more since u suck at computer security. And where is the president who signed the affordable healthcare act where you couldn't be discriminated against and you couldn't be refused for a pre existing condition and i believe it also stated that you couldnt drop people likr this. But again our polititians coffers are filled with insurance and oil money. I too am a disabled officers from an onduty injury. St. Comp sucks but i have to say their attorneys have common sense, not their adjusters but their attorneys. I have been lucky to have an attorney and also the same attorney from state comp for many years who knows me and that i will try to save them money if i can.

Bob - Retired LEO @ 6/11/2016 11:40 AM

As a retired Off. and as a former Union representative, I have seen this shtick many times in my career. The Officer gets injured and the State or City cuts off the individuals insurance. Then we go through the grievance procedure, get a partial agreement which was unacceptable to the Off. and the union, head to court and we would win 99.9% of the time. So friends remember: You serve and protect and when you get injured they dont serve you or your family and you lose your protection. They have been doing this for years.

kevcopAz @ 6/12/2016 7:23 AM

Just plain wrong. This would be the same as if a soldier lost an arm or leg in battle then was made to cover his or her own health care after medical discharge. This can not be tolerated and if the county does not do the right thing they should be sued and the officer, who still is an officer, should reap damages. Do we stop free medical when a subject who has zero insurance commits a crime and is wounded or injured in the process, no we don't, you and I still pay for their health care.

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