Health costs to rise for Columbiana Co. workers
By D.A. Wilkinson
The Columbiana County commissioners plan to increase the amount the county workers will have to pay for health insurance next year.
Penny Traina, president of the commissioners, said Wednesday that the county has $800,000 less to work with for next year’s appropriations than it did for 2010.
The drop in funding will leave the general fund for 2011 at about $17,059,000, Traina said.
The county will break down the health-insurance costs that will be divided between the county and the workers.
The county will have an increase of 9 percent for its health-insurance costs next year.
The county will pay 5 percent of the increase. The commissioners will pass 4 percent of the cost on to the workers.
“They already pay 5 percent, so the workers will pay a total of 9 percent of their health-care cost,” Traina said.
The insurance will cost the county $4.9 million.
Traina said she thinks that health-care reform is needed to reduce costs.
Parents normally have their children covered by their health insurance. But Traina said that the law allows adults up to the age of 26 to get health insurance under their parents’ policy.