Healthcare costs lower than expected for county
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Massac County Commissioners received some good news at their weekly meeting Tuesday morning from David Andreas, senior consultant with Mutual Medical Plans, Inc.

Andreas brought to the board a six month report of the county’s health insurance costs. The total amount of claims was $254,972, but after a discount of $112,297, the allowed medical costs was $142,674. Out of that amount, the employees paid $21,287, leaving a balance of $121,388.

According to Andreas, so far the county has not paid any large claims over $30,000. He went on to point out that with the prescription drug costs, the county has paid a total of $39,107. He said that between the prescription total and medical claims, the county has paid $160,495, when combined with the monthly fixed cost of about $16,000 for the administration of the plan, the county has spend $262,924, noting that figure is less than what he and Mutual Medical Owner Jeremy Billington had predicted back in January.

According to Andreas, Mutual Medical had predicted that at the sixth month mark, the county would have spent about $339,000, pointing out that so far that is $76,076 less than anticipated. “I think this is good news,” said Andreas.

Mutual Medical will be back in about four months to give the county a 10-month review of its healthcare spending and at that time they would be looking at presenting a renewal to the county for next year.

Massac County Highway Engineer Joe Matesevac brought to the board’s attention a problem that he has observed within the county. Some property owners in subdivisions and throughout the county are attempting to fill in ditches with dirt.

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