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Deductibles rise with Halifax County school health policy / June 12, 2014
Halifax County trustees on Monday night approved a renewal option for health care premiums for their employees, which will become effective in October.

In an attempt to keep employee contributions as low as possible, Patsy Akridge of Akridge Insurance and Finances recommended that the board adopt three plans, all of which have higher deductibles than that of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Key Care 300 plan that is now in use. She recommended, and the board approved, the Key Care 30/100 plan, which carries a deductible of $1,000/2000; the KeyCare 30/2000 with a deductible of $2000/4000; or the Key Care 30/4000 plan with a deductible of $4,000/8000.

Estimating that approximately 815 employees will participate in the plans, the monthly employee portion of the KeyCare 30/1000 will cost $82, while the KeyCare 30/2000 employee contribution will be $53 monthly.

For the KeyCare 30/4000 plan, the employee portion will be only $8.

Akridge explained that when she first began negotiations for the health care renewal plan the cost had risen by 17.5 percent, but she was able to reduce the increase to a 12.8 percent hike. She attributed the steep increases to ten large claims that the school system submitted during the current year, as compared to only four large claims in 2013. She noted that she fears there will be a substantial increase in health care costs over the next several years.

The total cost for health care premiums for the expected 815 school participants will run $6,417,948 this upcoming year, she said.

Akridge, along with school and county officials, has pledged to look at the possibility of having school employees and county employees covered under the same policy to cut down on costs.

in the coming year.

In other business Monday night, trustees delayed taking action on a memorandum of agreement with the Town of South Boston about the roles and responsibilities of each of the parties. They expect to address the issue at their July meeting.

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I think the county supervisors should pay the fine and put them all on Obamacare. It will be a lot cheaper.

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