Conroe City Council votes to give employee health benefit rates to council members, judge

Conroe City Council voted to allow council members to pay the city employee rate for health care benefits.

Conroe City Council voted to allow council members to pay the city employee rate for health care benefits.

Conroe City Council voted 4-1 to allow council members access to city employee health care benefit rates March 14.

City of Conroe Administrator Paul Virgadamo said at the March 13 workshop that council members qualified for city health benefits before the vote but had to pay the full amount, unlike an employee who pays a reduced rate.

"As y'all are aware, council does [already] qualify for health benefits," Virgadamo said at the workshop. "The request at this point is to treat council members as we would employees: If you chose to take health insurance, you'd pay like [a city] employee does instead of the full amount—and if you add family, you'd pay that portion as well."

At the March 14 meeting, Virgadamo confirmed access to reduced rates will include the Conroe Municipal Court judge as an elected official.
By Jules Rogers
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Jules Rogers has been covering community journalism and urban trade news since 2014. She moved to Houston in June 2018 to become an editor with Community Impact Newspaper after four years of reporting for various newspapers affiliated with the Portland Tribune in Oregon, including two years at the Portland Business Tribune. Before that, Jules spent time reporting for the Grants Pass Daily Courier in Southern Oregon. Her favorite beats to cover are business, economic development and urban planning.


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