County Budgeting More for Worker Health Insurance

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June 17, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

Attributable to rate hikes and mandates of the Inexpensive Care Act the county is budgeting a rise of $76,800 in the quantity it pays toward medical insurance for workers under its group plan.

The county budget committee last week voted to extend from $350 to $450 the quantity the county pays to satisfy the federal mandate in covering 64 county employees enrolled within the plan. If approved by the county commission, the county could be spending next yr $345,600, up from $268,800 this yr.

County officials predict insurance costs to extend from 5% to 12% with the typical increase for the essential plan to rise by 11.6%

“The county pays $350 per 30 days for every worker who takes insurance. Sixty-four people have county insurance. We’ve got to satisfy the Inexpensive Care Act. Under the law, the bottom paid full-time worker cannot pay greater than 9.565% of their salary for insurance. We’re going to need to do something to return in step with the Inexpensive Care Act. If the county went from paying $350 per worker to $450 per 30 days for every worker, then that might satisfy the necessities,” said County Mayor Tim Stribling.

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