Pulaski Commissioners to Consider Revised Tourism Advertising Proposal, Restroom Renovations

Pulaski County Commissioners: Bud Krohn Jr., Jerry Locke, Kenny Becker

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

Marshall County Commissioners Hit with Health Insurance Update


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.”

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Health Insurance Deadline Looms, Some Hoosiers Have Other Options

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.

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Pulaski County Health Department to Conduct Insurance Checks after March 1st

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.

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Knox City Council Approves Transfer of Funds to Pay for Health Insurance Premiums

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.

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Health Insurance Contributions to Increase for Starke County Employees

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.

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