Health coverage the topic for Surry County commissioners at special meeting


County commissioners to discuss changing health insurance plan

By Andy Winemiller - awinemiller@civitasmedia.com



Surry County commissioners will discuss the county’s health insurance plan at a special meeting Tuesday.

According to Assistant County Manager Sandra Snow commissioners will be presented with an alternative plan for insuring the county’s employees.

Snow said the state legislature opened the state’s health insurance plan to 10,000 subscribers from local governments throughout the state. Snow explained that larger counties and municipalities with a workforce of more than 1,000 cannot opt into the state’s coverage.

She said commissioners will hear the findings of a study into whether it would be beneficial for Surry County to drop its coverage and opt to be included in the state’s plan. Snow said commissioners may or may not act after hearing the assessment.

“We are always trying to find the very best possible coverage for our employees,” remarked Snow.

Snow said “time is of the essence” in discerning what the county’s move will be. She went on to explain that there are already 2,000 subscribers from local governments on the state plan, having been placed on the plan by earlier legislation.

With the legislature’s cap of 10,000 subscribers, Snow said commissioners may need to act quickly if they wish to transition to the state’s health insurance plan.

The special meeting of the Surry County Board of Commissioners will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday on the third floor of the government center in Dobson.

County commissioners to discuss changing health insurance plan

By Andy Winemiller

awinemiller@civitasmedia.com

Andy is a staff writer for The News and can be reached at (336) 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer for The News and can be reached at (336) 415-4698.

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