County employees facing another bump in insurance costs

Bartholomew County employees will likely see their insurance premiums go up again next year. County officials are expecting to require employees to pay 5 percent more toward the total cost of their health care to balance next year’s budget.

County Commissioner President Rick Flohr said that the claims are running lower this year due to higher premiums the county instituted last year for its workers.

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But county officials believe that county employees as a whole will need to add about $30,000 to their pool of contributions next year, bringing the employee totals to about $630,000.

Flohr estimates that on average, employees will see their premiums go up less than $4 a paycheck, or about $86 for the year.

The county government picks up more than $4 million of the employee health care costs.