AUGUSTA, GA - The health insurance company dismissed from a bid by the Richmond County Commission could sue the city, and the company who was approved to handle more than 10 thousands people's health also could sue the city. These lawsuits might be joining the latest brought by the former head of the Parks and Recreation Department who was fired under suspicious "vendetta" style circumstances.
Meritain Health, Inc. filed a protest after the commission voted 6-2 last month to award a bid to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, the city’s current provider of health insurance coverage, to become the third-party administrator for a new self-funded pool.
Four commissioners and the Mayor heard both sides of a bid protest filed by Aetna subsidiary Meritain Health Inc. on Monday but left the decision to the full commission.
Former Augusta Recreation, Parks, and Facilities Director Tom Beck filed a lawsuit against the City of Augusta. The Office of Attorney Michael Brown has confirmed the lawsuit was filed last week.
In April, the Augusta-Richmond County Commission voted to terminate Beck after accusations of time card misuse at Parks and Recreation Facility, a practice known in the books for decades.