The deal struck between the United Auto Workers and General Motors includes serious cuts to the benefits the union workers had, including dental insurance.
While general health benefits were kept, vision and dental were cut as part of the cost-saving measures.
The Lansing State Journal said that the cuts worry both those who formerly had the coverage and some of the local dental care providers.
The newspaper interviewed Charles Mitchell, a 72-year-old retiree who still had coverage under the GM plan. Mitchell says he will probably cut back on regular visits to the dentist in order to save money.
"I would probably put it off longer unless it's necessary," Mitchell told the news source.
The Washington Post says that the deal removes vision and dental coverage from all 54,000 workers covered by the union contract. The union has also agreed not to strike until 2015.
The Lansing State Journal interviews a local dentist in Grand Ledge who says he expects GM retirees to cut back on their visits and opt for cheaper, less permanent treatments, a trend which has been seen around the country as people lack sufficient dental coverage.
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