Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Expense report story draws plenty of emails
The expense report story that ran this weekend drew the most e-mails in my inbox since the story I wrote about Phil Stack, the guy who got in trouble with his HOA for having an American Flag on a pole in his front yard.
Most of the people said they were surprised at some of the information, but the most questions were about the medical expenses. Their questions are good ones that I could not get answers to in the time I had to write this article. Plus, the answers may have been too long and complicated, which would have taken away from what the story is really about: what is in the expense reports?
But let me be clear that the medical insurance is not in a supervisor’s expense report. In fact, although it is quite common for local governments to offer medical insurance to elected leaders, I didn’t know any supervisor was using it until Supervisor Benjamin Pitts brought it up during a county board meeting. He was defending his own expenses and said that he saves the county $10,000 because he doesn’t use county insurance.
Mr. Pitts doesn’t need to use the county health insurance, but he didn’t talk about this at the meeting. He is a retired Fredericksburg police officer and he gets insurance with the city. So, although he does not get county taxpayer-funded insurance, he is still getting taxpayer funded insurance—it’s just from the city.
People are confused as to why Medicare is not the primary insurer for T.C. Waddy, Jerry Logan and Emmitt Marshall. Mr. Logan tried to explain his situation, and Mr. Logan is a straight shooter with me so I wrote what he said. Some people are still confused. One lady wrote me that "IF Mr. Logan is of age 65, then Medicare is automatically his primary insurer and Anthem is always the secondary. He doesn’t have to do a thing. I know this from personal experience. It is not a ‘County’ issue to be solved."
Mr. Logan may want to comment here to explain in more detail what he says in the newspaper article. I think it would be helpful for some people. It might clear up some misconceptions.