health insurance plan
The Douglas County commissioners Monday approved the county's health insurance plan for next year.
The county is self-insured and has seen its medical claims expense increase about 10 percent each year.
A committee of employees recommended an increase on the part of the county of $50,500, for a total of just more than $1 million, based on an estimate of next year's claims. Premiums paid by the employees will increase by $30,600. Employees also will see increases in the co-payments they pay for office and emergency room visits and for pharmaceuticals.
The county will be changing its preferred provider organization from HealthNet to PHP. County employees will be getting their pharmaceuticals through a national network called Amerikind Network. The network includes members such as Kmart and Dillons.