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Mississippi County officials approve insurance plan

Friday, October 19, 2012

scottw@standard-democrat.com

CHARLESTON -- With the future of healthcare remaining uncertain, Mississippi County Commissioners approved a change that makes the best of a bad situation.

During their regular meeting Thursday, commissioners approved going to a "dual option" health insurance plan offered by the county's current carrier, Anthem.

During the Oct. 11 County Commission meeting, Charley Tinsley of the Thomas Insurance Group, the county's agent for health insurance, advised the county was facing a rate increase of 33.6 percent -- or almost 36 percent without the early enrollment discount -- to keep the current plan.

"The plans you have offered in the past have been phenomenal," Tinsley said. But those days are over, apparently: other companies declined to even make the county an offer, he said.

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