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County employees’ insurance rate jumps 25 percent

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By Ben Carlson

Renewing the county’s current health insurance policy would cost taxpayers an additional $80,000, Judge-Executive Steve Cornish announced at last Tuesday night’s Anderson County Fiscal Court meeting.

“It will go from $425 a month per employee to $531,” Cornish said. “That’s just about a 25 percent increase.”

The proposed increase comes about year after the county dropped its policy through the Kentucky Association of Counties and accepted a lower bid supplied by the Lawrenceburg-based Goodlett Group for Humana.

“Last year Human went down $40,000, now they want to raise it $80,000,” Cornish said during the meeting, adding that he has formed a committee of county employees to search for alternatives.

“We have a representative from each department to keep employees involved in what their health insurance is doing,” he said. “They can go back and tell the people they work with what’s going on.”

The county provides health insurance for 62 employees, costing taxpayers about $316 each year.

Cornish said options for group health insurance are limited, but expects to receive quotes soon from Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Bluegrass Health and an alternative quote from Humana.

E-mail Ben Carlson at bcarlson@theandersonnews.com.