Before a jam-paced audience, the Orange County Commissioners Court unanimously approved, approved with a split vote and took no action regarding retired county employees insurance and benefits at their meeting on the morning of June 15.

The first agenda item regarded the county continuing to offer and/or pay for retiree health insurance per the 1999 policy on retiree health insurance which was approved 5-0.

The second agenda item called for adopting changes to the county’s health insurance plan for Medicare eligible retirees. County Judge Brint Carlton, Precinct 2 Commissioner Barry Burton and Precinct 4 Commissioner Jody Crump voted for the changes while Precinct 1 Commissioner David Dubose and Precicnt 3 Commissioner John Banken voted no.

The final agenda item pertained to changes to the county’s Retirement Benefits Policy which was last adopted in 1999. No action was taken so that Douglas Manning, assistant county attorney, could research legal options for the commissioners court.

At last week’s meeting, commissioners approved staying with the Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan for county employee retirees at their regular meeting. The courtroom was packed with retirees and there were some lengthy discussions at the meeting.

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