UPDATE: Martin Community Action fund request hangs in limbo

UPDATE: Martin Community Action fund request hangs in limbo (Image 1)

Martin Community Action once again asked counties in the east for money.

9 On Your Side told you back in December about the request for funds to pay its staff.

Martin Community Action (MCA) helps serve low-income children.
It needed more than $170,000 by the first week of May to pay its insurance obligations. In early spring, Blue Cross and Blue Shield cut off insurance coverage because the group was not paying premiums. Still, Bernnadette Yarborough told WNCT that insurance money was being taken out of employees paychecks. She said the group is trying to work it out with Blue Cross and Blue Shield and paying employee premiums.

MCA turned to Martin, Beaufort and Pitt Counties to cover the outstanding debt.
The group presented a request to the Pitt County Board of Commissioners Monday morning.

“Getting more money is one thing, but just going back to the well and getting more money every year, there’s just got to be more to it than what I’m seeing here,” said Tom Coulson, District B.

Pitt County commissioners wrapped up and moved on without granting the group any funds.

Martin County Commissioner Joe Ayers told WNCT the voted 3 to 2 against funding $44,460 for MCA.

The Beaufort County Board of Commissioners voted to give $14,000 to help cover insurance costs if Pitt and Martin reconsidered.

No word yet if the other counties will make a new decision to help the group.

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