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LANL employees protest insurance lapse

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By Roger Snodgrass

A group of employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory believe they are victims of an insurance runaround.Rob Vitek, one of the people receiving bills for surgery that he thought the laboratory insurance provider, United Health Care (UHC), would pay, has put up a website at vmans.blogspot.com, claiming 70 LANL employees have been “stiffed.”One of the group’s first priorities has been to try to find out how many people are in the same boat. So, far it is in contact with about 25 people who are engaged in a busy network of e-mail communication. But the group is hoping to be joined by as many others as the case may be.While there is much information still missing, which the group and the individuals in the group have not been able to get, Vitek said the number – 70 employees – caught up in the problem has been confirmed by the laboratory and the surgery provider, Physicians Medical Center (PMC).PMC is a subsidiary of National Surgical Hospitals and is located on Rodeo Park Drive East in Santa Fe.The details of individual stories vary.