Dukes County sponsors benefits fair for benefit of employees

The Cape Cod Municipal Health Group, a self-insured joint purchase group established by the state to administer health insurance plans, handed out $2,000 worth of healthy benefits in the form of gift certificates to municipal and county employees at a Dukes County “benefits fair” last week.

Representatives from various health, dental, and life insurance plans, as well as representatives of deferred compensation and retirement plans were available May 20 at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) cafeteria, to answer questions about the benefits available to local public employees at the county-sponsored event.

Participants also took advantage of hearing and skin cancer screenings well as a blood pressure check.

Seven public employees won gift certificates for the purchase of health related equipment or health club memberships, according to a press release from county treasurer Noreen Mavro Flanders.

The county awarded a $500 prize to Pat Lynch of the Up-Island School District. Elizabeth Stobart of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and T. J. Hegarty, director of the one-man integrated pest management department, each received $400 gift certificates.

Dukes County manager Russell Smith, and Oak Bluffs administrative assistant Shelley Carter each got $250 gift certificates. Oak Bluffs town clerk Deborah Ratcliff and Dukes County senior financial clerk Donna Michalski got $100 certificates.

Part of the Municipal Health Group’s goal is to promote wellness.

Taxpayers, through Island towns and Dukes County, pay for 75 percent of the cost of employee benefits, which typically include health and dental insurance, life insurance, a pension, and either health insurance, or insurance to supplement Medicare after retirement.