Pulaski Commissioners to Get Update on Ambulance Garage Expansion, Choose Insurance Consultant

Pulaski County Commissioners: Mike McClure, Jerry Locke, Kenny Becker

The Pulaski County Commissioners will get an update on the EMS Department’s ambulance garage expansion plans this morning. The expansion of the Winamac ambulance garage has been discussed for years, since the county’s ambulances can barely fit in the existing space.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Hope to Choose Health Insurance Company July 1

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Pulaski County has gotten four proposals for employee health insurance, but before they were even opened Monday, county officials spent several minutes trying to figure out what exactly to do with them. During Monday’s joint council and commissioners meeting, Auditor Laura Wheeler explained that the open enrollment period begins July 1, with the new coverage year starting in August.

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North Judson Town Council Approves Health Insurance Plan for Town Employees

North Judson Town Council continued their discussion over town employee health insurance when they met last Monday.

Councilman John Rowe noted that he did find an error while reviewing the figures where the current plan was said to cost $3,674 per month. He said he thought the Town’s monthly charge was more than that. Clerk-Treasurer Andrew Rowe confirmed that the current plan is actually $4,128 per month.

Councilman Rowe went on to provide his recommendation for the health insurance plan. The plan he chose was alternate three from Anthem. He mentioned that it has a $3,921 monthly charge associated with it. Continue reading

North Judson Officials Review Options for Employee Health Insurance

North Judson Town Council members reviewed some options for employee health insurance when they met last Monday.

The Town’s insurance broker John Howard from the Wealth Care Group announced that if officials wish to stick with their current provider, the deductibles would stay at $50 for a single plan and a $100 for a family plan but they won’t receive all of the same benefits.

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Pulaski Commissioners Schedule Hearing for Upcoming Deed Sale, Make Appointments

Pulaski County Commissioners: Mike McClure, Jerry Locke, Kenny Becker

The Pulaski County Commissioners are planning to auction some county-owned land. They’re looking to hold a commissioners deed sale on August 1, but before that, they’ll hold a public hearing to set a minimum price and officially schedule the auction. The public hearing will take place Monday, June 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pulaski County Highway Garage, before the commissioners’ joint meeting with the county council.

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Current Healthy Indiana Plan Extended Through the End of February

The current Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) program, which was originally set to expire today, has received an extension to continue operations through February 28th.

The extension was granted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Governor Eric Holcomb stated that as a result, the more than 400,000 HIP participants will see no change in service, for now. Continue reading

North Judson Town Council Approves Town Employee Health Insurance Policy

North Judson Town Council members reached a decision about town employee health insurance during last night’s town council meeting.

The town’s insurance broker John Howard with Wealth Care Group informed the council that the request submitted to National General was denied. The remaining options came from their current provider United Health Care.

He presented them with a few different plans explaining that one option only allowed for coverage by a specified network of health care providers. He said that while a majority of local physicians would fall into this category, but if an employee needed to seek medical attention by a specialist or someone outside of the community, it would not be covered under the insurance.

The other option, what he called AU63, allowed for coverage outside the network for an additional fee. He also said that option is the closest to what they currently have. Continue reading

North Judson Town Council Continues Health Insurance Deliberation

At last week’s North Judson Town Council meeting, Insurance Broker John Howard with the Wealth Care Group informed council members of a new piece of information he discovered since the last time they discussed health insurance policy options.

During their first November meeting, members voted to allow Town Attorney Justin Schramm to be added to the insurance policy in lieu of paying him a retainer fee. Board member Josh Brown inquired about a similar possibility for council members.

A last Monday’s meeting, Howard explained that the town attorney and council members are classified as 10-99 employees and their current health insurance provider, United Health Care, does not allow those types of employees to be added to the group plan. Continue reading

New Health Insurance Option Available to North Judson Town Council

Annually, the North Judson Town Council is required to review their health insurance plan. On Monday, they received a report from their insurance broker John Howard with the Wealth Care Group.

Howard explained that for the first time this year, the council has the ability to pick up to three plans that employees can then personally choose from. No formal decisions were made about which plan to choose. Continue reading