Commissioner Proposes Health Insurance for Spouses of Late County Employees

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Take care of your neighbor – it’s almost an unspoken rule here in the South.

Madison County Commissioner Roger Jones understands that. He’s trying to make sure the loved ones of county employees that have passed away are taken care of.

“They spent their entire adult life working for the county and during that time they worked toward a retirement and at that part of the retirement was health benefits for their spouses,” said Jones.

Jones is asking the Madison County Commission to consider offering health insurance to spouses of county employees who have died.  According to him, husbands and wives used to be covered… until the county’s insurance switched.

“When they work for the county, they counted on their spouses being taken care of by the county and when we changed insurance not knowing that these spouses wasn’t covered.”

With so many employees devoting most of their time to the county, Jones said it’s the least they can do.

“What I’m hoping that we can do is purchase additional coverage for these people because they were counting on it and some of them really need it,” Jones said.

He doesn’t think it’s asking a lot of the commission.

“I don’t know at this point what the cost will be, what I asked is for the Commission to look at that cost and see what it’s going to cost to provide, and see if it’s something that we can afford, I think we can,” said Jones.

Jones told WHNT News 19 he believes it would be about 35 people who need the coverage.


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