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Dougherty Co. workers bolster health plan coverage for 2014

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.

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