BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
The Greene County Insurance Committee met for more than two hours in closed session on Wednesday to consult with County Attorney Roger Woolsey concerning pending claims and lawsuits against the county.
The committee opened the meeting to the public shortly before 11 a.m. after beginning in closed session at 8:30 a.m.
Members approved Budget Director Mary Shelton's monthly financial reports before hearing from insurance broker Jim Jordan about the county's monthly insurance claims.
Jordan noted that the first month of the fiscal year, July, had higher-than-average claims, at just over $400,000.
He attributed this fact to the county's recent change in employee health insurance plans, an action which may have prompted more employees to seek out health services in June.
Jordan also noted some changes coming from the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, including the $5.25 per member per month fee that will cost the county approximately $4,200 per month, beginning in January.
Notices concerning the availability of the Insurance Marketplace must also go out with the next round of paychecks, he added.
Shelton noted that, during this fiscal year's insurance enrollment, some employees indicated their intention to seek private insurance outside the county.
She said that they were unable to find anything to compare with what the county offers.
"They came back," she said. "Quick."