Current health insurance company declares bankruptcy
CHARLESTON - Last week Mississippi County officers and employees received their new health insurance cards. Saturday, they received word that the company had declared bankruptcy, leaving them without health insurance.
"It's bad. Very bad," said Martin Lucas, county commissioner, during Thursday's meeting.
County officials were advised in October of the possibility that their group health insurance plan may be fraudulent or unlicensed health insurance but were reassured by Greg Greenwalt of Greenwalt Financial Services that the plan was a legitimate ERISA plan.
The company, National Association of Working Americans Group Major Medical Plan, operated by using a nationwide pool to cover smaller claims and control premium costs while being backed up with major medical insurance.
Greenwalt, the agent that set the plan up for the county, was accompanied during that meeting by company representatives Chuck Holiman, who is responsible for most of Missouri, and Joyce Ross of Malden, regional director, who also vouched for the plan.
County officials are making arrangements with a local company that had previously agreed to provide the county with insurance.
Officials hope to have the new insurance effective for all of March, but it may not go into effect until April 1.
Lucas said the commission should know by their next meeting Thursday.
In other Mississippi County business:
* After reading in the newspaper that the hourly rate for the job they submitted their two-week notice on was being raised from $8 to $10, the individuals formerly responsible for janitorial duties at the courthouse quit a week early, according to Jim Blumenberg, presiding commissioner.
"They said they were discouraged because we didn't offer it to them," said Blumenberg. County officials did not know they would be interested in staying for a higher wage, however, Blumenberg said.
The county has already received several applications which commissioners reviewed in closed session following the regular business.
* The new rail car bridge on County Road 324 at Ditch 14 south of Charleston has been placed, according to Blumenberg, and should be ready for blacktop by April 1 after welding is completed.
The next bridges slated for replacement are on County Road 208 north of Wilson City and on County Road 532 near the New Madrid County line crossing Maple Slough.
* A former resident of Mississippi County now living in Kansas City asked county officials for help finding where her grandmother was buried in 1941, but officials were unable to offer any assistance other than suggesting she check with the funeral home.
Lucas said the funeral home that took care of the burial arrangements may have a sketch of its location included among their funeral service records.
Many grave sites are lost if a permanent marker is not placed at the time of the burial or is removed, according to officials. "The records of the past are very vague," said Oliver.
As new generations come along, locations recorded only in peoples' memories fade or are lost with deaths, said Lucas.
Burial lots purchased in the county's Oak Grove Cemetery are not for any specific piece of ground.
If several lots are purchased, "you need to mark those corners," Oliver said. "That's your obligation. That's the way it's always been."
If the site is not reserved with markings, another person may end up buried in a space intended for a family member.
Blumenberg suggested the county could add a recording fee and place all burial lots on record with the local abstract company.
* Rick Shultz of Maintenance Engineering, a national distributor of "long-life lightbulbs and better lamps" discussed with commissioners products offered by his company.
Commissioners advised Shultz he should make contact with County Clerk Junior DeLay who was absent from the meeting.