January 19, 2018
The hot topic of discussion at last night’s BOC meeting was employee health insurance, and the skyrocketing costs due to ACA (Obamacare) mandates.
Comm. Pennamon, Comm. Jernigan, Mike Benton, and Kelly Fox had a telephone conference at some point before the meeting and came up with the new plan.
Due to rising costs, the BOC voted to change the employee share of their health insurance cost. Instead of paying for 50% of dependent coverage as they have been, the employee will now pay for 55%. Instead of employees paying $30 per month for single coverage, they will now pay $60 per month.
Kelly Fox has repeatedly told the BOC over the past several years, that the ACA mandates would continue to raise health insurance costs. The words he used–“skyrocketing costs.” Reality has finally set in and Mr. Fox warned the BOC again last night, it is only going to get worse in the future.
Why is health insurance so high? The short answer is Obamacare.
The BOC voted to raise the employee’s share of cost and use the Cigna PPO, partially self-funded plan to save money. This is now part of the FY19 County Budget.
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