My name is Shannon Gutheil and I was asked to highlight the experiences I have had working with trade-affected individuals first-hand and how the HCTC Program has helped them.
Over the last 6 years working with trade-affected workers there have been many challenges they face and health care is one of the biggest.
The HCTC program and benefit has been able to help alleviate some of the stress that comes with layoff. When people find out about HCTC I see the light go on in their eyes and a smile emerge on their face. They sometimes can’t believe what they are being offered. The details and process are sometimes hard for them to grasp, but once they understand what steps they need to take to access HCTC benefits you hear a sigh of relief. For many workers, continuation of health care is an option they grapple with over and over because of bottom line costs. They are trying to answer the questions “How am I going to keep health care with COBRA costs being so high? How am I going to take care of my family if they get sick without insurance?” These are questions I hear at my desk almost daily when working with trade-affected workers. A great percentage of workers we serve on the front lines are the sole carriers of health insurance for their families and when they loose their jobs this compounds their stress levels, which in turn can increase their risk for getting sick – thus meaning they need to keep their health care coverage even more. Knowing they have HCTC available to them, as long as they meet all criteria, can help relieve this burden and help them focus on re-tooling their skills and/or gaining new employment.
When trade-affected workers utilize and are eligible for HCTC benefits, it is truly a great benefit to have available.
Shannon Gutheil, TAA Counselor at the Ft.
My name is Carol Harr and I serve as Rapid Response liaison for the TAA Program in
Many times, I am the first person employers and employees have contact with concerning the TAA Program and its benefits. The HCTC program is one of those benefits.
The HCTC program is always one where a lot of interest is shown. Employees facing a layoff have many concerns, and healthcare is a major one.
When employees hear that they may be eligible to have 80% of their insurance premiums covered, their relief is actually felt in the room.
The HCTC brochure is an important piece of literature for them. This gives the employees something physical to take away with them and has the information they need to access the program.
A representative from the HCTC team in
The HCTC team is always striving to find ways to dispense information about the program and address any concerns as they arise.
Colorado TAA Coordinator’s Office