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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 10:32 am, Tue Nov 20, 2012.

The 11-member board that governs the San Joaquin County agency overseeing mosquito control will take a second look at whether its trustees should continue to receive the same health benefits as their employees.

The San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District board voted in 2009 to receive health plan benefits, a decision that's raised the eyebrows of the San Joaquin County Taxpayers Association.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:09 pm on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Thanks Ross! My mistake in using the word "letter". Obviously, it was an article by you. I appreciated it's content.

  • Bobcatbob Ingram posted at 9:50 am on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    99er Posts: 119

    Will that be a public meeting ( all can attend ) ?

  • Ross Farrow posted at 9:02 am on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    Ross Farrow Posts: 104

    Darrell: A clarification — This is not a letter to the editor. This is a news article that I wrote as a News-Sentinel reporter.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:20 am on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Letter stated...The board will meet this afternoon to discuss whether they want to increase benefits, reduce them or eliminate them altogether, according to mosquito abatement district manager Ed Lucchesi.

    Before Obamacare, it is obvious board members did not qualify as they were not working 20 or more hours per week. If part time employers were excluded and not eligible, board members should have been treated the same.

    However, with Obamacare forcing employers to pay a penalty tax for not insuring part time employees classified as equivalent full time employees, the tax payers might be obligated to insure board members now or pay a penalty tax. I would get a written legal opinion from a lawyer well versed in the Affordable Care Act before taking benefits away.



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