Health Benefits for Union County Employees

After finding out that Union County taxpayers are paying over $8 million annually for health benefits for 684 former county employees you may be curious to know how much is being paid  for current county employees.  Based on a response to an OPRA that provided a list of individuals with their monthly premiums it was easy enough to develop this  summary by group which shows taxpayers paying Horizon $24.27 million annually for 1,700 employees.

Feel free to go through the billing for June by individual for recognizable names.  Among those listed who had the same last name and first initial as a current or former freeholder or politician I noticed:

  • Mirabella, A. FAMILY 1,538.13
  • Estrada, A.G.   FAMILY 1,538.13
  • Bergen, B.H.    FAMILY 1,468.94
  • Granados, S.M.    SINGLE  516.27
  • Hudak, C.E.   FAMILY  1,468.94
  • Jalloh, M.   2ADULT  1,372.73
  • Carter, L.  P&C   1,450.59
  • Scanlon, D.  2ADULT  1,491.04
  • Cryan, J.   FAMILY   1,468.94
  • Mahr, C.M.  FAMILY   1,468.94
  • Sullivan, D.  SINGLE    516.27
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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Brian P Keane on October 2, 2015 at 10:49 am

    These figures don’t look right. A family should be charged a higher rate in 2015-16. Must be a special ObamaPlan from Horizon Inc., BCBS
    example, 2002 Single Employee was $583.00 per month Family Plan was $1140.00

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  2. Posted by bpaterson on October 2, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    BK-maybe the figures reflect the 30% kick in payment from the employee? moving on…JB1-your sept 28th entry listed cryan also:

    •Cryan, J. FAMILY 1,598.39

    and this entry above lists cryan:

    •Cryan, J. FAMILY 1,468.94

    Is he double dipping or is this from 2 different years and just shows the escalation cost? This guy is always trouble and confusion when his name is involved, that’s why we call him the “disease of union county govt.”

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    • I noticed the Cryan duplication but can’t be sure it’s the same guy.

      Also, weren’t there payouts to some freeholders if they had outside health insurance and did not participate in the county plan?

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  3. Posted by bpaterson on October 5, 2015 at 11:15 am

    JB1-the payouts you refer to are the health insurance opt-out. If you work for the county and have health insurance somewhere else, you can opt out from the county and receive an annual stipend of $3k is single or $5k if family. The trick of gouging the taxpayers is that if you are a county employee and your spouse is a govt employee also, if the spouse is in the JIF state health benefits, the county employee can get the stipend since the county health plan is not the same as JIF. This is simply a rip off since both spouses health benefits are publicly paid…..and the reason why the county wont go into the JIF public health system…to award their political cronies the additional $5k/year opt out.

    The strange issue that I talked about at the FH meeting last month is that even after the 250 or so runnels personnel were laid off from the county, the opt out costs to the taxpyers in this years county budget for all the county employees involved went from $1.5 million to $1.8 million this year. How can there be less people opting out yet more opt-out payment being given out. (an increase of 20%!)

    Another issue I had noted is that now that the public employees have to cover 30% of their health insurance they should automatically get rid of the opt-out stipend or at least drastically reduce it. Some math: If a family health plan is now costing $16-18k, the employee would have to pay in 30% of it which works out to $4,800 to $5,500 out of the employees pocket. So that forces the employee to give up the health benefit anyway if his spouse is covered. Why do the taxpayers have to pay the employee an additional $5,000 on top of the $5500 savings the employee doesn’t have to shell out. This makes no sense and sadly the county is just too stupid to see that…either that or again most of the opt out moneis goes to their politically connected. This can be considered criminal if that keep it up. And should be reported to the authorities of their wasting tax money to straiten the abuse out. The opt-out has become obsolete.

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  4. Posted by javagold on October 5, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Public takers one and all. …..you people will wake up homeless and penniless, if you don’t wake up ASAP !!!!!…..

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  5. Posted by Jim Buettner on October 6, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Javagold, on that you and I agree. The real travesty is that the freeholder position is a part time job that they receive a great health care benefits package for themselves and their families for LIFE now and when they retire. Kiss a few asses (I meant babies) and the rewards are great.

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  6. It look like none of you people would be happy if you had nothing to complain about…pathetic negative energy

    Reply

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