October 28, 2020

Financial woes force city to pull plug on employee health insurance

Employee of the Mississippi city of Lumberton have been working without employer-provided health insurance for about three months.

Mayor Quincy Rogers tells WDAM-TV that the insurance was cut was due to financial issues and saved the city about $140,000. The nature or cause of the financial issues is unclear.

The station says workers were promised raises to help compensate them for paying out-of-pocket for insurance, but those raises haven’t appeared on any paychecks as of yet.

Citizens asked about the missing raises Tuesday at a Board of Aldermen meeting.

The station’s report isn’t clear about how those questions were answered.

A June 16 meeting was set to discuss the raises.

Workers still can get vision and dental insurance through the city.