(Leitchfield, KY) – Changes to health insurance policies being blamed on the Affordable Health Care Act, aka Obamacare, are forcing insurance premium prices to climb and has the Grayson County Fiscal Court using employee raises to offset the costs.
The fiscal court decided in a special called meeting Friday, May 31, 2013, that they would not approve the usual .25 cent per hour raise the county employees are used to receiving annually. Instead they have decided to invest the money is keeping the employees insurance policies are the same high standards they are used to.
The decision comes with a 3% increase in insurance premiums for the county.
Judge-Executive Gary Logsdon said he felt the investment in the insurance policy would be a better financial investment than the .25 cent raise, which could pay out much higher dividends if an employee were to need medical care and was under-insured.
The county covers between 150-160 employees on their health insurance policy through Humana, which includes vision.
The premium hike of 3% equates to $18.41/employee, or almost $3,000 monthly for the county budget to cover.
Each employee’s health insurance policy will now costs the county $632.20/employee on a monthly basis, which equates to $1.21 million annually for the county’s budget.
The fiscal court also made a decision to switch their cell phone services from AT&T to Bluegrass Cellular.
Judge Logsdon didn’t have a price of what the county currently pays with AT&T or what the new Bluegrass Cellular bill will be, but asked Bluegrass Cellular District Manager Bryan Franklin to “keep the bill down.”
Franklin said not only would the coverage be better, since Bluegrass has expanded their towers and nationwide coverage, but the bill would be lower, also.
The City of Leitchfield recently made the switch, with a savings of $4,421 annually. The city will make the switch to Bluegrass Cellular next month, according to Franklin.
Sheriff Rick Clemons said he has always had cell service with Bluegrass Cellular and he has no complaints about their coverage area. Several complaints about the coverage with AT&T were heard from the magistrates, and Judge Logsdon said he cannot use his cell phone most of the time.
An official switch date was not given during the meeting.