BEDFORD – Lawrence County Council of Commissioners considered proposals for health insurance during the meeting on Tuesday morning in Lawrence County Courthouse.
Miles Parker from Bedford-based Parker Group, a company offering insurance and employee benefits, led the commissioners through two different proposals. The recommendations were presented to commissioners after Parker held several meetings with the insurance committee.
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“The Insurance Committee met last week to review a number of self-financing options, as well as several options on a fully insured platform that allows you to pay a guaranteed premium,” Parker said.
Suggestions from IU health and United Healthcare were assessed to replace the existing health care provider in the county, anthem. IN IU health the proposal includes a $ 2.5 million ceiling, reaching up to 47% savings. United Healthcare’s fully insured premium package includes a $ 3.1 million ceiling and offers 41% savings. Each option is expected to help the county save money.
“anthem increase the insurance premium, as well as the expected liability for claims, which leads to an increase in the maximum cost of $ 3.2 million to $ 4.8 million“Parker said.
Commissioners President Rodney Fish announced that the matter would be considered for further consultation. The vote will take place at the next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, July 5.
“The bad news is that we are facing a difficult year. The good news is that we have several options that provide significant savings. I appreciate the committee that spent so much time with us last week to review everything and make recommendations,” he said. Parker.
Sheriff Mike Branham provide the commissioners with up-to-date information on the current prison population. There are a total of 144 prisoners, which is 80% capacity. 114 of them are men and 30 women. There are five convicted level 6 offenders, zero parolees and 23 Correction Department hold.
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“They are still quite slow to bring them back (DOC detention). But to be honest, as long as we stay below that 144 mark, we’re in no hurry, “Branham said. “Our revenue should increase soon from the DOC this year and will go straight to the county’s total budget.”
This was confirmed by the sheriff Greg Taylor resigns as chief deputy. Former Chief Deputy Aaron Sholts agreed to temporarily return to the role by the end of the year.
“I contacted my former deputy chief Aaron Sholtswho is retiring to see if he will return in just six months, “Branham said.” This will save me from training someone else and putting someone else in that position who is unlikely to stay there for the first few years. “
Highway manager Brandi Web informed the commissioners that the paving in district 1 will continue this week before moving to district 3 next week.
Program manager Michelle Carico from South Indiana Development Commission asked the Commissioners to approve the second grant $ 72,739.60 for the Judah Wastewater Treatment Plant project. Carico said about 80% of the project has been completed.
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The Commissioners also adopted Ordinance 2022-07 on the establishment of thresholds and standards for internal control for the reporting of financial irregularities. The ordinance has been updated to remain in line with State Audit Council requirements.
Lawrence County Veterans Office hosts a flag-raising ceremony and a veterans’ breakfast July 4. Production begins nearby 8:30 in the morning before serving breakfast in 9 in the morning Bedford the mayor Craig himself will be the keynote speaker.