Approved by County Commission December 6, 2018
Jim Bush, Chairman – 615-765-5885
Karen Ashford, Vice Chair/Secretary – 615-563-4183
William Motlow – 615-563-6931
Ronnie Mahaffey – 615-563-1082
Jeannine Floyd – 314-369-9475
The county legislative body may appoint a committee consisting of some number of its members to prepare and present to the county legislative body one or more contracts with one or more insurance companies or other corporations authorized to provide any of the following types of insurance for county employees and officials: group life, hospitalization, disability and medical. The number of members is not specified by statute and is determined by county legislative body resolution. T.C.A. § 8-27-501 et seq.
8-27-501. Counties authorized to provide insurance for employees and officials — Persons eligible.
(a) Counties are hereby expressly authorized to provide group life, hospitalization, disability, or medical insurance for all county employees and officials.
(b) For the purpose of the application of this part, “county employee” may include, subject to the approval of the county legislative bodies, retired county employees, officials, and their surviving spouses. Where any county has offered such coverage prior to May 10, 1994, no further action by the legislative body shall be required.
8-27-502. Committee to carry out law — Insurance contracts — Approval — Modifications.
(a) In counties desiring to provide such insurance coverage for employees and officials, the county legislative body or
(b) Such committee shall prepare and present for approval a contract or contracts with one (1) or more insurance companies, or other corporations which may exist under title 56, chapter 27, 28, or 29 authorized to do business in the state, or with one (1) or more insurance trusts which have contracted with an insurance company, or companies, or corporation, as set out above, authorized to do business in the state for a policy or policies of group insurance to provide for the payment of group life, hospitalization, disability, or medical expenses for county employees and officials. Such approval shall be by a majority vote of the county legislative body or
(c) Such contracts may from time to time be amended, modified, or changed by a majority vote of the county legislative body or
(d) The policy or policies shall conform to the standard provisions of group insurance policies as set forth in this code.
(e) In any county having a population of not less than one hundred seven thousand one hundred (107,100) nor more than one hundred seven thousand two hundred (107,200), according to the 2000 federal census or any subsequent federal census, the provisions and requirements of the County Purchasing Law of 1957, compiled in title 5, chapter 14, part 1, shall not apply to the county legislative body or any committee of the county legislative body either responsible for presentment or approval of a contract pursuant to this part.
8-27-503. Employees and officials may accept or reject coverage.
When a county shall so approve and make available to its employees and officials such insurance protections, the employees and officials shall still have the election of accepting or rejecting such coverage.
8-27-506. Discontinuance of insurance program.
Once a county has provided an insurance program under this part, such program may not be discontinued in its entirety unless two thirds (2/3) of the members of the county legislative body or