By BRIAN GRAVES
Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis wants county employees to be clear — they are not having to pay for their insurance coverage “for as long as I hold the office.”Davis contacted the Cleveland …
Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis wants county employees to be clear — they are not having to pay for their insurance coverage “for as long as I hold the office.”
Davis contacted the Cleveland Daily Banner to clarify some misreporting and some misinformation he says is being spread about the three-option choice employees will have should the Bradley County Commission give its approval in today’s regular voting session scheduled for noon at the county schools office building.
“The new Option 2, a free option, is the same upper-level insurance we have now with a smaller network,” Davis explained. “The smaller network includes the local hospital, Erlanger Hospital, Vanderbilt Hospital and U.T. Medical Center. That is the four major ones that are included.”
Cigna, which currently handles the county’s health insurance and is recommended to continue providing that service, has eliminated Memorial Hospital and its affiliated network providers from its top-tier plan.
That in turn will cause county employees who wish to retain that hospital’s services for their medical needs will be asked to pay an extra $15 per pay period to help defray the expanded costs of having Memorial within an employee’s network.
Option 2 with the slightly smaller network and Option 3, which is a Health Savings Account where employees are provided with $600 per month in their accounts remains free.
“Option 1 is there for employees to choose if they want the Memorial Hospital and doctors in their network; otherwise, there remains no cost to the employees,” Davis said.
The mayor said sometimes people forget he is a county employee, as well.
“I am picking Option 2,” he said. “I can’t imagine anywhere else people would need to go.”
Davis said every year the county attempts to find a compromise between the employees and the taxpayers.
“We do have to tweak a few things every time we go through this process, but the plan the majority of employees now have remains free of charge unless they want Memorial,” he said. “That is their choice.”
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