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Do. Co. employees to have better insurance benefits in 2014

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Dougherty County Commissioners at Monday's meeting in the Government Center in downtown Albany Dougherty County Commissioners at Monday's meeting in the Government Center in downtown Albany
Spencer Allen, Dougherty County Benefits Consultant Spencer Allen, Dougherty County Benefits Consultant
The Government Center in downtown Albany The Government Center in downtown Albany
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A health care consultant says Dougherty County workers are getting healthier.  As a result, their insurance premiums won't go up next year.

County Commissioners learned of the nearly $400,000 surplus in the Group Health Plan on Monday, mostly due to decreased claims over the last three years.

County workers will see a few benefits added to their plan in 2014, including some dental procedures, in an effort to further improve their health and reduce costs. 

"We are down, I think, 8-percent year over year since we were hired in the fall of 2009.  And so, right now, we have a fund balance in the account and that is allowing us to make a recommendation to keep the employee premiums where they are," said Spencer Allen, Dougherty County Benefits Consultant.

No changes will be made to co-insurance payments or deductibles.  And the less than 1% of employees on specialty medicines will now be encouraged to take less expensive drugs.

Commissioners will vote on the recommendations at their next meeting.

 

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