County makes a change to health plan

Allen County commissioners agreed to increase the maximum amount they'll pay on an individual claim in order to reduce a rate increase for health insurance.



February 15, 2023 - 2:31 PM

Joe Holdenried, left, and Stephen Euston with Bukaty Companies talk to Allen County commissioners about health insurance. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

Allen County commissioners made a slight change to the county’s health insurance coverage to offset the impact of a rate increase.

Insurance representatives, Stephen Euston and Joe Holdenried with Bukaty Companies of Leawood, met with commissioners on Tuesday morning to follow up after a Jan. 24 meeting. At that time, commissioners were told to expect an increase of about 12% from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas.

Commissioners wanted to know if they had other options, as the county’s actual health care costs last year dropped to a five-year low. Still, their rates would increase because the BCBS pool, as a whole, did not have a good year. 

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