MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison County employees could soon have a new insurance provider. The Madison County Commission discussed a plan to streamline insurance registration. One commissioner calls the potential new option a bad idea, believing it doesn’t pass the sniff test.
Madison County Commissioners considered a potential new insurance option for county employees.
“I want to be sure if we are doing automatic deductions on our employees for insurance they`ve selected, I want the best rates,” said Commission Chairman Dale Strong.
Chairman Strong believes right now, that’s not happening.
“If we can`t stop this preying on our employees through some of these insurance companies, let`s get out of the business totally. I believe the sole source is the direction we need to go,” added Strong.
An employee in the county’s personnel department introduced a representative from McFarland & McFarland.
“I`m uncomfortable routing the county employee insurance to one person,” said Commissioner Roger Jones.
Commissioner Jones wasn’t the only one to raise an eyebrow.
“I would not be opposed to that if any and every one, agent could bid on it. But, to send that business to your neighbor down the street, I am just not comfortable with that,” added Commissioner Jones.
The insurance representative stated his address for the record. He lives not far from the Chairman Strong.
“The one thing is, the people who present this insurance, it`s a group here that probably every commissioner knows in all the insurance business,” added Chairman Strong.
Chairman Strong insists the representative offers the best way for employees to pick insurance.
WHNT NEWS 19 asked Chairman Strong if he was trying to influence someone to get McFarland & McFarland on-board with the county.
“A, B, C or D insurance. Insurance is insurance,” added Chairman Strong.
Chairman Strong told WHNT NEWS 19 the insurance representative at the meeting was the best option out of several others recently. Commissioners plan to re-visit the issue in November.