The board of commissioners voted at their Nov. 19 meeting to allow an Aflac provider from Macon to speak with Jones County employees to give them the option of purchasing supplemental health insurance. That topic has continued to resurface until board members scheduled a Dec. 17 workshop to deal with the issue.
Claudia Frier and Butch Clark, who currently handle the county’s insurance, were the first to speak.
Frier stated that health, dental, vision, life and supplemental products are offered by her, depending on each person’s need.
Chairman Preston Hawkins noted that part-time employees may purchase insurance but they must pay the premium. It would not go through the county. The county pays 82 percent of health insurance premiums for its employees and their families.
Clark explained deducting premiums on a pretax basis is a benefit to the employees and there is only one time a year for adding or deleting policies. The exception to that is if the employee has a catastrophic life event. Clark said the pretax benefit is a nice perk.
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