View Mobile Site
  • Bookmark and Share

County saves with new insurance plan

Employees see slight increase in premiums

POSTED: September 21, 2008 5:04 a.m.

A contract renewal with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is expected to save the county around $200,000 in the next year.

 

"When we had initially started negotiations with Blue Cross, in talking with them, we were led to believe we may see as much as a 20-22 percent increase in our premiums over the current premiums," said Dawson County Manager Kevin Tanner.

 

Discussions between Blue Cross Blue Shield, MSI Benefits, the county's insurance broker, and Dawson County Human Resources Director Jay Sessions resulted in a 6.5 percent increase rather than a 20-22 percent increase, as originally anticipated.

 

"It's still an increase, but it's far below what we had anticipated in our 2009 budget," Tanner said.

 

Coupled with cost-cutting measures the county has in place, such as utilizing county-owned buildings instead of leasing office space and volunteer citizens in administrative capacities, Tanner said the $200,000 is a significant taxpayer savings.

 

"I'm very proud of Jay and the human resources department for their efforts along with the other county employees in finding ways to cut costs," he said.

 

While the county will see a savings, county employees will see a slight increase in their insurance premiums.

 

"They'll still receive the same benefits, just at six percent higher, split between the county and the employee, so my family coverage for health insurance I pay will go up six percent," Tanner said.

 

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved the new contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia on Aug. 21

 

E-mail Michele Hester at michele@dawsonnews.com.

COMMENTS

  • Bookmark and Share

Commenting not available.
Commenting is not available.

FEATURED PHOTOS

Local authorities search fo...
Sheriff’s investigators are...
Annual gala honors chamber’...
County Attorney Joey Homans...
Lady Tigers keep streak alive
Sheyenne Seabolt pulls down...
Cold front rolls in again
Addison and Ethan Smith enj...
Lady Tigers advance to Swee...
The Lady Tigers celebrate T...
Winter storm watch continue...
A new blast of winter weath...
Winter storm may be on the ...
The National Weather Servic...
Lady Tigers are region cham...
The 27-0 Lady Tigers celebr...
Lady Tigers remain undefeated
Dawson County (26-0) will p...
Lady Tigers go entire seaso...
The Dawson County Lady Tige...
 

Contents of this site are © Copyright 2015 Dawsonnews, Dawsonville, GA. All rights reserved. Privacy policy and Terms of service

Powered by
Morris Technology
Please wait ...