Wheeling-Pittsburgh Corporation

Health insurance plan offered for Sparrows Point

Health insurance plan offered for Sparrows Point

Laid-off Sparrows Point workers and retirees from the steel mill should soon be able to sign up for health insurance through a plan set up in another steelmaking region.

Mill owner RG Steel — which stopped benefits Aug. 31 — asked for court approval Thursday to allow the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation Retiree Benefits Plan to accept workers and retirees from Sparrows Point and its other facilities. The United Steelworkers union agreed to expand eligibility in the plan, and RG Steel said it doesn't think court approval is necessary, though it asked for it just in case.

John Saunders, the union's benefits coordinator for RG Steel workers, said Wheeling-Pitt has a plan...