Financial woes force city to pull plug on employee health insurance
Published 6:39 am Thursday, June 6, 2019
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.