The Pulaski County Commissioners will once again revisit tourism advertising this morning. Last month, they rejected a proposal from the Community Development Commission to run commercials on Comcast cable systems in the Chicago area, as well as buy some online advertising. Continue reading
Pulaski County is getting outside help to address accessibility issues at the courthouse. Continue reading
The Town of North Judson expects to save about $8,000 next year on employee health insurance costs. The town council voted to switch from Anthem to UnitedHealthcare, while staying with broker John Howard. Continue reading
Indiana is not immune from rising insurance premiums, according to the Indiana Department of Insurance. Continue reading
Some employees at the West Central School Corporation will be getting a raise. Superintendent Don Street says salary increases for non-certified classified employees were approved by the school board last week. Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet is hoping to save some money by switching health insurance providers. The town council voted Wednesday to switch from Anthem to United Healthcare. Continue reading
There may be a few changes this year in the way you prepare your taxes, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. For the first time, certain taxpayers may be getting health care information forms to help them complete their tax returns and keep with their tax records. Continue reading
The Town of Winamac is changing health insurance providers. The Town Council voted Monday to switch to Time Insurance, which submitted the lowest annual quote at just under $8,000. That’s $3,000 less than the price given by the town’s current provider, United Healthcare. Continue reading
Open Enrollment for health insurance policies is now underway, and the Indiana Department of Insurance is encouraging Hoosiers to review their current coverage and check to see what else is available. Continue reading
The Marshall County Commissioners received some troubling news about the county’s health insurance. Costs are going up.
Tony Nyers from The Healy Group explained to the commissioners what statistics are creating an increase in the figures.
“What we did is we measured 12 months that end in March because that was the most recent data that Advantage was able to provide for us,” advised Nyers. “In this situation, the total hospital cost the prior year was $281,000 and it’s up to $508,000 this year. That’s a very significant change. For the same 12 month periods combined you’re looking at $1.467 million versus last year $1.021 million for a little more than a 40 percent increase over last year.”
Time is short for uninsured Hoosiers to meet an important health insurance deadline. The open enrollment period to apply for coverage for this year through the Health Insurance Marketplace ends March 31. Executive Director of Covering Kids and Families of Indiana Davis Roos says while there is a deadline under the Affordable Care Act, some families have other options.
The Pulaski County Health Department will be doing insurance eligibility checks prior to vaccinations beginning next week.
When you go to the Pulaski County Health Department, officials will be asking for the name of your insurance company and Health Plan ID number when appointments are made. An insurance card and Social Security Number will be required at appointment time.
For those who are eligible, the Health Department will continue to bill Medicaid. The following insurance plans are currently eligible: Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Dunn and Associates, Humana, Medicare B, Medicare Railroad, Patoka Valley Health Care Co-op, Southeastern Indiana Health Organization, United Healthcare, and UMWA.
The Knox City Council learned this week that the General Fund does not have enough money to pay the health premiums through the end of the year. The Council members had to allow a $70,500 transfer from the city’s EDIT fund into the General Fund.
Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston talked about one of the reasons the premium costs have escalated.
“We’ve added several new members to the plan and just by adding one employee and a spouse results in an almost $18,000 increase per year,” reported Houston.
Starke County employees will see an increase in their contribution for health insurance in 2012. The various increases for individual employees, those with spouses and those with families, will take effect January 1st.
Along with the increases, it was announced that wellness incentives will be built into the policy that will allow employees to reduce the amount of the increases.
Health insurance coverage for Starke County employees was discussed this week by the County Commissioners, Starke County Council President, Mark Smith, and Council-elect member, Mitchell Semans.