Some Genesee County retirees will get new health insurance

GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) – Some 500 retired Genesee County government employees will receive new health insurance this summer.

County employees voted in December to change health insurance companies on June 1, according to Genesee County Board of Commissioners Coordinator Josh Freeman.

Employees chose to opt out of Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance. That upcoming change will put some retirees in Blue Cross Blue Shield and active workers in other plans, including HAP.

However, Freeman said Blue Cross doesn’t offer insurance just for retirees.

Genesee County leaders tried to eliminate health insurance for retirees in December 2020, but the retirees won a court order requiring the county to continue offering them health insurance.

So Freeman said the county is now forced to find a health insurance company for retirees currently enrolled in Blue Cross. Retirees who receive HAP health insurance are not affected.

The new coverage will go into effect sometime before June 1st for all government retirees who currently have Blue Cross health insurance.

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