§7-5-20. Group insurance programs authorized.
Every county through its county court shall have plenary power
and authority to negotiate for, secure and adopt for the officers
and regular employees thereof, other than provisional, temporary,
emergency and intermittent employees, who are in officer or
employee status with such county on and after the effective date of
this section, a policy or policies of group insurance written by a
carrier or carriers chartered under the laws of any state and duly
licensed to do business in this state and covering life; health;
hospital care; surgical or medical diagnosis, care and treatment;
drugs and medicines; remedial care; other medical supplies and
services; or any other combination of these; and any other policy
or policies of group insurance which in the discretion of the
county court bear a reasonable relationship to the foregoing
coverages. The provisions and terms of any such group plan or
plans of insurance shall be approved in writing by the insurance
commissioner of this state as to form, rate and benefits.
The county court is hereby authorized and empowered to pay the
entire premium cost, or any portion thereof of said group policy or
policies. Whenever the above described officers or regular
employees shall indicate in writing that they have subscribed to
any of the aforesaid insurance plans on a group basis and the
entire cost thereof is not paid by the county court, the county
court is hereby authorized and empowered to make periodic premium
deductions of the amount of the contribution each such subscribing officer or employee is required to make for such participation from
the salary or wage payments due each such subscribing officer or
employee as specified in a written assignment furnished to the
county clerk by each such subscribing officer or employee.
When a participating officer or employee shall retire from his
office or employment, he may, if he so elects and the insurance
carrier or carriers agree, remain a member of the group plan by
paying the entire premium for coverage involved.