COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Starting July 1, all Columbus County employees who have health care will be covered under Cigna. Currently, employees are covered under United Healthcare.
County officials say that when they were negotiating with both insurance companies, United Healthcare wanted a 28 percent increase, and Cigna wanted a 14 percent increase.
Officials say both companies then lowered their prices, so that Cigna only wanted an 8 percent increase, and United Healthcare wanted a 19 percent increase. So the county switched to Cigna.