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Sullivan Commission receptive to proposal for self-funded health plan

October 1st, 2013 10:48 pm by J. H. Osborne

Sullivan Commission receptive to proposal for self-funded health plan

BLOUNTVILLE — A proposal to shift from a fully covered to a self-funded health insurance plan for county employees got a warm reception on its first outing Tuesday in the Sullivan County Commission’s committee system.

The commission’s Executive Committee endorsed the plan with no “nay” votes.

The county hasn’t gone the self-funded route in years, although several other local governments do so.

As proposed, the move will keep the county’s costs at about the same as this year for the coverage period Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2014.

The Administrative Committee was the first of the commission’s three primary committees to hear the proposal — developed last week by the commission’s Insurance Committee.

Coverage will be administered by Managed Care of America (MCA), a Pennsylvania-based company with an office in Knoxville.

Employees will see higher deductibles and a higher total out of pocket limit under the plan — and a high-deductible option will be no more.

County employees currently are covered by Humana.

In addition to Humana’s renewal offer with the 38 percent increase, several other companies submitted proposals — all with increases, and some with not-equal-to-current benefits or in-network access.

The proposal to go with the self-funded plan administered by MCA will next come up for discussion by the commission’s Administrative Committee, scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the second floor of the historic Sullivan County Courthouse.

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