Dougherty Co. workers bolster health plan coverage for 2014 - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Dougherty Co. workers bolster health plan coverage for 2014

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Wisconsin residents report rise in fish-eating spiders

    Wisconsin residents report rise in fish-eating spiders

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:48 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:48:45 GMT
    The Department of Natural Resources in Wisconsin is warning residents about an increase in large spiders big enough to eat a fish.You read that statement correctly. These spiders don't mess around.More >>
    The Department of Natural Resources in Wisconsin is warning residents about an increase in large spiders big enough to eat a fish.You read that statement correctly. These spiders don't mess around.More >>
  • Warrant issued for woman in arson investigation

    Warrant issued for woman in arson investigation

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:52:50 GMT
    Bainbridge Public Safety has taken out a warrant in connection to a fire that at a home on Martin Luther King Drive and injured a Captain who was fighting the flames.More >>
    Bainbridge Public Safety has taken out a warrant in connection to a fire that at a home on Martin Luther King Drive and injured a Captain who was fighting the flames.More >>
  • Lee Co. ESPN game isn't a sellout

    Lee Co. ESPN game isn't a sellout

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:48:25 GMT
     Officials say there are still plenty of tickets available for the nationally televised football game set for 9:00AM Saturday at Lee Co. stadium.More >>
     Officials say there are still plenty of tickets available for the nationally televised football game set for 9:00AM Saturday at Lee Co. stadium.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County workers will get more out of their health plan next year without paying more.

On Monday county leaders unanimously approved Group Health Plan changes for the 2014 calendar year.

Declining health insurance claims for this year contributed to a nearly $400,000 surplus.

Consultants say the decreased claims are part of a four-year trend that's saved about 4-and-a-half Million-dollars since 2009 with minimal impact to employees.

"To have a county workforce and not experience an increase and have a very solid plan makes an incredibly positive statement," said Dougherty County Commissioner Jeff Sinyard. "Our employees have gone 5 years without raises, and it's been a very difficult time for all government employees in this country."

No changes will be made to co-pays or deductibles.  

The less than 1 percent of employees who take specialty medications will be encouraged to change to less expensive drugs.

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.