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Lafourche Parish Employee Health Insurance Plan Approved
At a special Council Meeting November 12th, 2018, the Lafourche Parish Council unanimously approved a new health care insurance plan for Lafourche Parish employees.
The new insurance plan will switch the coverage from a Blue Cross plan to a United HealthCare plan. The plan will use a combination of conventional health insurance with supplemental insurance to provide a much improved level of coverage and benefits to the employees. Use of innovative coverage structuring and competitive bidding made these improved benefits available from the largest health insurer in the nation, and at a savings of about $750,000 for the taxpayers.
“I want to commend the members of the parish Council for their diligent and thoughtful consideration of the insurance issues. Some had strongly held opinions. But, when they were called upon to fulfill their duties as representatives of the People, they set aside their personal feelings and voted based on the information that was available. I think that we have a vastly superior health plan for 2019, and that we will be able to use the savings to meet important obligations owed by the government. As an additional benefit, we have used a part of the savings to improve the coverage, and to fund the first COLA raise for employees in years," said Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle.
This significant change is the product of several years of effort to assure that we are getting the best coverage at the most competitive prices. "Everyone in my Administration is fully committed to making the transition and the implementation of this new health care program a success," said President Cantrelle.