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Palmyra wants county health business

Palmyra CEO Bud Wethington (left) and HCA vice president Franke Elliott state their case to the commission. Palmyra CEO Bud Wethington (left) and HCA vice president Franke Elliott state their case to the commission.

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

October 20, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Commissioners still haven't committed to a health plan for its employees for next year.   At Monday's meeting, Palmyra CEO Bud Wethington addressed the board to stress that his hospital wants to offer county employees health care services.

The county originally considered adopting an exclusive health care agreement with Phoebe Health Partners that would give county employees 30 percent off of their charges. Palmyra has since offered a 40 percent discount, but the commission still hasn't voted on a plan.

County Insurance Consultant Kirk Rouse says Palmyra withdrew its offer. "We thought we had a plan a few weeks ago we thought would work. Unfortunately, it was withdrawn, so we're back to coming up with that third option, trying to give the county employee some options," says Rouse.

Palmyra says their offer was not withdrawn, and they still want to offer the 40 percent discount, but only if they are part of a comprehensive plan where both hospitals can be in network providers.

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