McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

May 13, 2014

New process for new county employees

By MITCH MEADOR
The Lawton Constitution

FORT SILL — On Monday, the Pittsburg County Commissioner voted to shorten the insurance waiting period for new employees.

The action happened during the commissioner’s regular 9 a.m. meeting at the Pittsburg County Courthouse.

During Monday’s meeting, the commissioners voted to shorten the insurance waiting period for new employees from 90 to 60 days.

District 2 Commissioner Kevin Smith said the change was made because of the Affordable Care Act.

Smith said the new government law requires the waiting period for new employees to be insured to be shortened from 90 days.

“The only reason we had employees wait 90 days was because our insurance company told us we had to,” Smith said.

After some discussion, the commissioners unanimously voted to go with 60-days because of the paperwork involved in enrollment.

District 3 Commissioner Trent Myers and District 1 Commissioner Gene Rogers also attended Monday’s meeting.

The Pittsburg County commissioners meet Mondays at 9 a.m. in the commissioner’s conference room at the Pittsburg County Courthouse.

The meetings are open to the public.

Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.