Health benefits

Myrtle Beach extends deadline to sign up for health benefits until January 15


MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – The registration deadline for City of Myrtle Beach employees to register for health benefits has been extended to January 15, Mayor Brenda Bethune announced at the council meeting Tuesday morning municipal.

A group of city retirees has pressured officials to avoid making cuts and to preserve benefits they say were promised when they retired. Dozens of people protested the potential loss of their benefits at a board meeting in September, and nearly 100 people signed a letter to board members stressing how affected they would be by changes to their benefits .

Signing up for the new plans was due to start in November and end in early December, but Bethune said the deadline has been moved as the city is still waiting for the new federal rates to arrive in late October or early November. She reiterated her comments from previous meetings that the city takes the concerns of retirees seriously.

“Just because you don’t constantly hear us talking about it doesn’t mean we’re not constantly working on it,” she told those who attended Tuesday’s meeting. “We will come back to you with a plan once we have all the information we need to make all of these decisions. “