Health and dental insurance rates were the topic of much discussion during the May 3 regular meeting of the Kearney County Board of Supervisors. Average rate increase is 3%, but this year NACO rates have increased 17% resulting in an estimated $100,000 cost to the County for buy downs.
Open enrollment for employee benefits is May 19. Representatives will be on site to explain policies and changes. The board was asked how they would like to proceed and if they would like to increase the cash in lieu payment option for comparable compensation.
Cody Krull and Dan Schwartzkopf from Jones Group spoke to the board about their insurance options. They noted Jones Group is familiar with NACO coverage and with this rate increase it may be time to look at something outside of NACO. A lengthy discussion ensued regarding options and the potential benefits and downfalls of changing providers.
see May 11 Courier for full story