County Commissioners review latest medical health insurance policies – InsuranceNewsNet


BEDFORD — The Lawrence County Board of Commissioners reviewed medical health insurance proposals during Tuesday morning’s meeting on the Lawrence County Courthouse.

Miles Parker from Bedford-based Parker Group, an organization offering insurance and worker advantages services, walked the commissioners through two different proposals. The recommendations were dropped at the commissioners after Parker held several meetings with the insurance committee.

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“The Insurance Committee met last week and reviewed quite a lot of self-funded options in addition to several options on a completely insured platform, which permits you to pay a guaranteed premium,” Parker said.

Proposals from IU Health and United Healthcare were assessed to interchange the county’s existing healthcare provider, Anthem. The IU Health proposal features a $2.5 million cap, coming out to 47% in savings. United Healthcare’s fully insured premium package features a $3.1 million cap and offers 41% in savings. Each option is anticipated to assist the county get monetary savings.

“Anthem has increased the insurance premium in addition to expected claim liability, leading to a rise in max costs from $3.2 million to 4.8 million dollars,” Parker said.

Commissioners President Rodney Fish announced the matter could be taken under advisement for further consultation. A vote can be held in the course of the next meeting scheduled on Tuesday, July 5.

“The bad news is we face a difficult yr. The excellent news is now we have several options that provide significant savings. I appreciate the committee spending a lot time with us last week to review all the things and make the recommendations,” Parker said.

Department reports

Sheriff Mike Branham provided the commissioners with an update on the present jail population. There’s a complete of 144 inmates, which is 80% capability. Of that total, 114 are males and 30 are females. There are five convicted Level 6 felons, zero parole holds and 23 Department of Correction holds.

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“They’re still pretty slow about getting them (DOC holds) back. But to be honest, so long as we stay under that 144 mark, we’re not in any hurry,” Branham said. “Our revenue ought to be up soon from the DOC this yr and it would go straight to the county general budget.”

The sheriff also confirmed that Gregg Taylor is stepping down from his role as chief deputy. Former Chief Deputy Aaron Shoults has agreed to temporarily return to the role for the remaining of the yr.

“I even have reached out to my previous chief deputy Aaron Shoults, who retired, to see if he would come back for just the six months,” Branham said. “It might save me from training any individual else and putting any individual else in that position who isn’t likely going to remain there after the primary couple of years.”

Highway Superintendent Brandi Webb informed the commissioners that paving in District 1 is about to proceed this week before moving to District 3 next week.

Other business

Program Manager Michelle Carrico from the Southern Indiana Development Commission asked the commissioners to approve the second grant draw of $72,739.60 for the wastewater treatment plant project in Judah. Carrico said about 80% of the project is complete.

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The commissioners also passed ordinance 2022-07 to ascertain thresholds and internal control standards for reporting financial irregularities. The ordinance has been updated to stay compliant with the State Board of Accounts requirements.

The Lawrence County Veterans Service Office is hosting a flag-raising ceremony and veterans breakfast July 4. Proceedings kick off around 8:30 a.m. before breakfast is served at 9 a.m. Bedford Mayor Sam Craig can be the keynote speaker.


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