County to talk insurance, raises at next QC meeting

County to talk insurance, raises at next QC meeting

POCAHONTAS—The Randolph County Quorum Court held a special-called meeting Tuesday, Dec. 3, at District Court where they approved changes to the employee medical insurance for 2020 as well as discussed employee salaries and raises prior to the budget presentation at next week’s regular monthly meeting.

Justices approved a motion to keep the same insurance they but to go with a $2,500 deductible as well as change the employeeonly coverage from 80/20 to 75/25.

Randolph County Judge David Jansen said he had to call the special meeting in order to go ahead and sign off next year’s insurance policy. He said if they waited until next week, the employees, most likely, would not receive their new insurance cards before the beginning of the new year as well as the fact that in the last pay period of December, they’ll actually have two periods taken out.

“We’ve got a pretty good increase,” said Jansen, who noted that a renewal of their existing policy would cost $280,000 more than the prior year. “The budget committee, at the last budget meeting (Nov. 20), voted to move it over to the $2,500 deductible, which cost the County $190,000. We asked why such a big increase… about a 60 percent increase. It’s because insurance companies are not going to stay in business by paying out more than they take in. You know, I was a big claim. We had a couple of cancer claims, we had a baby, and several items that cost our insurance a ton of money and so we’re paying for it this year. Maybe next year if we don’t have a lot of claims it’ll go back down. That’s just the way it is.”

 

 

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