Commissioners discuss insurance plan for county staff

06/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Hillsborough County Administrator Pat Bean declined to move forward today on accepting the recommendation from the County’s Insurance Company to sign up with CIGNA as health care provider for County employees.

CIGNA has apparently won out over AETNA and United Health Care to provide care for County personnel. Even though Bean said she would bring the issue back before the board in 2 weeks time, that didn’t prevent Commissioner Jim Norman from expressing his disappointment about how the process worked.

Commissioner Kevin Beckner said there has been confusion about the different plans that have been mentioned from County Staff.

Commissioner Al Higgenbotham said it’s obvious that whatever plan the County goes with, health care costs – like virtually everwhere else – will be going up.

Commissioner Mark Sharpe said he too, looked forward to learning more about the new health care plan, but warned his colleagues that entitlement packages like health care are invariably amongst the most expensive things that government pays for.

Sharpe said he was prepared to have an honest conversation, but said cuts in health care plans would likely happen.

The issue will be revisited in two weeks time.

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