County health coverage up for review
by Kenda Nelson
Apr 06, 2012 | 602 views | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After dropping health, life and cafeteria plan insurance for all county workers beginning with this fiscal year, the court is considering opening the county to a proposal from New York Life for employee coverage.

Steven Salinas, representing New York Life, made a proposal to offer insurance to all county employees, without denying anyone coverage as long as 20 to 30 employees sign up. The cost of the policy would also be paid through payroll deductions.

The court stopped short of approving the proposal until meetings with employees to ascertain how many would purchase the coverage.

The commissioners also will spend $1,378 to have the county government brochures reprinted.

“I looked at the brochure a thousand times and never noticed the county judge’s name is misspelled,” said Commissioner Ann Lopez.

County Judge Rene Mascorro offered to pay for half the reprinting cost out of office supplies. After a few minutes discussion on how much was owed and how much the new brochures will cost, Commissioner Gary Bourland made a motion.

“This is way too complicated,” said Bourland, who made a motion to take the entire amount out of the unallocated fund.

In other matters, a request from the Child Welfare Board to obtain designated storage space on county property to store clothing and other emergency items for children will have to wait.

Lopez brought the request to the commissioners court; however, her proposal to use an empty office at the Expo Center was rejected. Several other suggested places without climate control were also refused, including the old jail, the old exhibit building and space at the Worksource office in the shopping center.

The commissioners tabled a decision until the next meeting.