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Lawrence County employees question insurance policies

By Nancy Glasscock
nglasscock@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

MOULTON — A representative of the State Employee Insurance Board told local government employees Monday "the rules are the rules" regarding the county's insurance plan.

County commissioners asked SEIB representative Teresa Scroggins to attend a meeting Monday after complaints from employees alleging the policy discriminates against local government workers.

Town Creek Police Chief Jerry L. Garrett said the commission should switch insurance companies to avoid a clause in the county's current policy that he believes is discriminatory.

Under the policy for local-government workers, employees must pay for individual coverage and are not allowed to purchase a family plan that covers both.

Garrett and his wife, Lindy, are both public employees and have been spending about $380 per month for separate plans.

The police chief's insurance through Town Creek costs him about $300 a month, while his wife's is about $80.

When Garrett took the job in Town Creek, he opted out of the insurance there to take advantage of the dental and vision coverage in his wife's plan with the county.

But about a month later, he received a letter from the insurance company stating he had to have his own policy.

"We're being discriminated against," he said.

"I don't see how you can get around that. We need to do something to change this," he said.

County commissioners agreed to discuss a possible change of insurance plans at a later meeting.

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