County medical insurance provider up for grabs


Jun. 24—EAU CLAIRE — The county is requesting proposals in a bid to recruit a recent medical insurance vendor.

Eau Claire County will lose its medical insurance provider at the tip of the yr. The county’s current provider, WEA Trust, notified the county it will be pulling out of the Wisconsin market at the tip of 2022.

The Wisconsin-based not-for-profit announced in an early June statement it will be terminating its medical insurance market offerings.

“The challenges related to healthcare consolidation, the prices related to the worldwide pandemic, and the drop within the stock market have made it difficult for local, not-for-profit organizations like ours who seek to supply families with high value personal care,” said Vaughn Vance, President and CEO of WEA, in the discharge.

Jessica McDonald, human resources Director for Eau Claire County, described the means of finding a recent provider.

To be able to recruit organizations and receive bid packages from potential vendors, the county published a request for proposal portal. “It principally describes what we’re in search of in a carrier, what we’re needing, after which providers can respond and submit bids,” McDonald said.

The portal for vendors to use stays open until August 9. The proposals will then be reviewed and scored by members of human resources in addition to Norb Kirk, county finance director. Once the proposals are reviewed, Kirk said the county will seek interviews and, potentially, negotiations with the highest few vendors.

McDonald said Friday 14 vendors have submitted proposals. Nonetheless, she noted that there look like just a few duplicates.

“Only for a bit context for the committee, a few years ago we did this (and) we got one. And that was WEA Trust,” Kirk said.

County Supervisor Judy Gatlin proposed an issue to the committee in regards to the transition process, specifically for workers which have pre-existing health conditions. Dawn Edlin, advantages coordinator for the HR department, offered the committee more insight into those operations.

Edlin said that WEA has been preparing reports of documents and claims that have to be provided for potential vendors.

“WEA is totally cooperating with us in our transition to a recent carrier,” Edlin said.


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