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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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Insurance proposal needs explaining

Insurance proposal needs explaining

This letter is to clarify the insurance proposal for employees that has been a primary topic of discussion before the Lafourche Parish Council.

The proposal I submitted, and which was rejected by the Council, retains all the same benefits as the current policy. In fact, it has even more benefits in that co-pays, deductibles and prescription drug coverage count towards an individual’s out of pocket max.

Employees will receive the same plan with additional benefits all for a small increase in cost, which is a fraction when compared to increases being paid by other public sector employees.

This plan, in addition to providing additional benefits at a small increase, will also save the parish anywhere from $300,000 to upwards of $1 million annually, savings that can be put towards drainage and other projects so vitally needed in our neighborhoods.

I was elected by all the citizens of Lafourche Parish, and I have a fiduciary responsibility to save public dollars wherever possible. This proposed insurance plan provides both additional benefits at a minimal increase in cost and saves the parish money.

We have hard working and dedicated employees working for our parish and this proposed plan affords them excellent coverage while saving the parish money. Let’s all work together to move Lafourche forward.

Jimmy Cantrelle 

Lafourche Parish President