County to pay for employee flu shots

By John Raffel
Correspondent

The Osceola County Board of Commissioners voted at its meeting earlier this month to provide the flu shot clinic with Rite Aid, and pay for county employees who were without insurance coverage.

“They come to the county building to do that,” board chairman Larry Emig said. “Those who have insurance billed their insurance. There are some who may not have insurance. I think it’s been three or four employees last year. We will now include the cost of their flu shot.”

The board voted to rescind a motion from July 5 regarding health insurance and the increase in premium percentage share for nonunion and elected officials.

“A third party administrator came in and the board did some action on it,” Emig said. “When (the county clerk), who wasn’t at that meeting had a chance to review it, and COBRA gets involved, we had to relook at that. The third party administrator, when they gave us an idea of the cost, they thought our employees who were contributing toward the health care were contributing toward the HSA and the base policy we have for them, and that’s not the case.

“Up until now, they only paid a certain percentage toward the base policy we provide them. In reviewing all that, the numbers weren’t quite correct. We decided to do some changes. We rescinded the motion.”

So instead, the commissioners passed a motion to include HRA costs in the premium calculation for the employee percentage for insurance.

The commissioners also voted to implement the HRA Health Plan Savings Options as presented at the July 5 meeting for nonunion employees and elected officials.



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