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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Dougherty County employees will likely see an increase in what they pay for health insurance, so taxpayers don't have to increase what they put in.

For the past several years, Dougherty County has operated the health insurance plan at a deficit. That means insurance claims have exceeded the premiums employees and the county contribute to the plan.

The county has pulled nearly two million dollars from the general fund and reserves to cover the extra costs. Now, employees will likely be forced to pay more for the health benefits they receive.

Asst. County Administrator Mike McCoy said, "We have to make sure we collect enough premiums to cover our claims. Historically, we haven't. In 2009, the claims outstripped the premiums and so it was supplemented by the general fund and the reserve fund and as you know we are in a financial crunch."

The proposal is to increase premiums from $24 to $185 a month, depending on what kind of plan an employee has.  The county will vote on that proposal next Monday, and the increases would go into effect July 1st.

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