“We subrogated the claim for reimbursement of medical expenses paid by Parker County insurance,” County Attorney John Forrest, who negotiated the payment, said later. “We’re recovering our cost.”
PEBC, county insurers, initially paid $171,645 in medical claims for an individual covered by a former employee’s health insurance policy, Forrest said, adding that a recent personal injury settlement will most likely allow the county to recover all but 15 percent of the funds.
“If an injury is not county related, the county gets to put a lien against [a county-insured person’s] medical claims if he gets a recovery for his injuries,” he said. “He doesn’t get to recover medical expenses in addition to his personal injury claim.”
Forrest said the county was not involved in the personal injury litigation except for the purpose of recovering the medical expenses paid by PEBC. He said the agenda item was listed as Potential Litigation Banks vs. Parker County in the event that Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, which represents Banks, do not accept the net settlement payment that commissioners authorized.