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Toombs Saves Money on Health Insurance
Thursday, 17 September 2009

September 17--  Toombs County commissioners have approved a new health insurance plan for county employees in 2010.

The plan will cost the county $28,687 less than this year.  It continues to pay 100% of premiums for the county's 160 employees, however, it increases their annual deductible from $1,500 to $2,000 and slightly increases their out-of-pocket expenses to see a doctor.

For employees who include family members on their policies, the county will pay half of the annual premium.  However, the new policy increases the employees share by about $25 a week.  Their weekly rate increases from $63.21 to $88.61 for family coverage.

The annual premium the county will pay to Blue Cross/Blue Shield is $967,644.  Officials say Toombs County is the only county in the area which pays 100% of employee health insurance.  Other counties pay shares ranging from 50% to 75%.

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