County continues to pay for employees’ health insurance

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By Becky Barnes

Faced with a 28 percent increase in health insurance costs, Harrison County magistrates voted to switch carriers.

“We’ve been dealing with this for months,” said Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett at Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting.

The county pays 100 percent of the employees’ premiums. Barnett said that practice was in jeopardy had an alternative plan not been found.

Steve Parrish of Smith Insurors presented a policy proposal from United Health Care that drops the county’s annual premium from $303,000 to $257,000.

He told magistrates the difference in the current and proposed policies was minimal. He said employees would actually benefit from the changes in most areas.

The cost of generic prescription drugs would drop from $20 to $15. And while the deductible would raise from $250 to $500, a $500 per hospital visit fee would be dropped.

“We were fearful we couldn’t swallow the increase,” said Barnett, noting that the proposed plan makes it manageable.

Magistrates approved the proposal with Bradley Copes as the only vote against it. Magistrate Jerry Dawson was absent.


For the complete story, including other business discussed at Tuesday's fiscal court meeting, see this week's print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.