Local elected officials not alone in getting insurance packages

Across central Indiana, most counties offer health insurance benefits to elected officials who typically don’t work full-time hours.

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners approved offering health benefits for themselves and county council members. Those benefits had been ended in 2009. Of eight central Indiana counties, five provide health insurance to commissioners and council members, including Johnson County.

All elected officials are eligible for health insurance in Johnson, Hancock, Boone, Hamilton and Hendricks counties. Madison County provides insurance to commissioners but not council members. The cities of Greenwood and Franklin, as well as Shelby and Morgan counties, do not provide benefits to their council members and commissioners because those officials are considered part-time, county and city officials said.

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