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Saving$ realized with Dougherty Health plan

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Changes to Dougherty County's health insurance plan is saving taxpayers money.  While the actual savings won't be known until the end of the fiscal year, it's estimated that more than $840,000 will be saved with changes that have been implemented.

Employee premiums increased as of July 1st to put more of the cost on employees.  Many employees shifted plans when that went into effect, saving some money for the county.

Plus an audit revealed more than 100 ineligible people were on the county's plan.  Removing those people, plus changing benefits and plans should save the county $843,000 over last year.

Chairman Jeff Sinyard said, "We're trying to get the very best plan with the understanding that we must have accountability and pay close attention to healthcare as it continues to spiral if we don't pay attention to this we could be creating some havoc beyond our comprehension."

Beginning in January, County employees will have even more changes which are estimated to save the county another $400,000.

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