Clay County employees will now have to pay more to cover their family under their health insurance.
In Monday's regular meeting, the Clay County Commissioners accepted a new health insurance program.
The county is self-insured and while the employees themselves do not have to pay insurance premiums, as they are covered by the county, the cost to add their children or a spouse has risen by 20 percent.
Also, the co-insurance limitations after the deductible is met has also increased. Up from $1,000 for an individual and $2,000 for a family, the total amount of co-insurance before the insurance company covers the total cost will now be $2,500 and $5,000 respectively.
The big jump is due, in part, to the amount of large claims the county has had over the past few years. Also, it is the first increase of costs since the 2003-04 fiscal year.
There is also a health fair in the works for county employees to help them live healthier lives. The exact date is not set yet, but is anticipated as being sometime in the late summer or early fall.
The commissioners also signed a three-year lease agreement for new software for the Clay County Sheriff's Department.
The current software is 10 years old, and has no more updates left to install. The money for the software was appropriated by the Clay County Council in June from the Cumulative Capital Development Fund.
The Sheriff's Department was able to receive help with the lease from the Hoosier Equipment Lease Purchase (H.E.L.P.) Program, which assists communities in acquiring essential equipment through a standardized and streamlined lease-purchase process.
The payment of bills for the development of Briley Creek was also completed by the commissioners during their meeting.
The total cost of just over $4,700 went toward the preparation of the land and planting of trees in order to help meet mandated requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Other county business conducted during Monday's commissioners meeting:
* Accepted an ordinance setting the fee schedule for the Clay County Health Department. The new fee schedule replaces the one set by Schedule A of Ordinance 2-1996.
* Agreed to use a van received from the estate of Leonard Buell for the transport of county veterans. The van also includes a handicapped ramp for those in wheelchairs. The commissioners also agreed to donate the car which had been used for the transport of veterans to V.F.W. Post 1127 once the post provides proof of insurance on the car. The car will be used for business conducted by the V.F.W. only.
* The commissioners received information on the Wabash Independent Living Center from Resource Development Coordinator of the Center Danny Grissom. The center provides services for disabled persons of any age, and with any disability. More information on the center can be found at http://www.thewillcenter.org.
The next regular meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will take place on Monday, Aug. 6, 2007 at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners' Court of the Clay County Courthouse.