Washington County Shifts More Insurance Cost to Employees

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For the first time in eight years, Washington County employees will see an increase in their health insurance premiums if they choose to continue with the county’s health insurance plan.

Benefits and pay issues were both addressed during the recent Washington County Quorum Court meeting.

The Quorum Court had tried to raise the amount that employees are responsible to pay several months ago, but had to postpone the decision because the move would have made the county lose its grandfathered status under new health care laws.

The proposal at that time would have altered the plan by more than 5% which is considered a “major change” under the law, thus meaning the loss of grandfathered status. That would have meant that changes required in 2014 would begin immediately. The new proposal approved Thursday falls under the 5% rule. Click here to read the full story from our partners at TheCityWire.com.