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Dougherty County employees to pay more for health insurance

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – With almost certain furloughs and no raises for Dougherty county employees, they were dealt another blow Monday.

Health insurance premiums are going up, almost immediately. The changes kick in July 1st.

Monday, the commission voted to raise premium rates for employees to cover the expense of operating the health insurance plan for employees. For the past several years, the county has operated the health insurance plan at a deficit and has been forced to pull money from reserves to cover the extra costs.

Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard says before the next plan year in January, the county will look at ways to modify the insurance options offered to make it more affordable for employees. Sinyard said, "We need to look at other plan options, we need to look at different deductibles. We need to look at other issues, better wellness programs. If you can get your claims experience to start to decline, your usage to start to decline, you can reduce the premiums you charge."

The proposal is to increase premiums from $24 to $185 a month, depending on what kind of plan an employee has. If an employee wants to change plans or cancel insurance because of the increased prices, they will have the option to do that as the plan is modified.

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