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September 14, 2012

County cutting employee dependent insurance premiums

Auditor says moves are intended to eventually shift all dependent premium costs to county workers

By LIBBY CLUETT | lcluett@mineralwellsindex.com

PALO PINTO – To control rapidly rising health and life insurance care costs, Palo Pinto County will no longer contribute toward dependent health care and life insurance premium costs for employees hired on and after Oct. 1.

Current employees will see reductions in the amount the county contributes toward insurance coverage for their dependents. County employees will have to make it up at their own cost through payroll deductions. The county will continue to cover an employee’s group health and life insurance premiums at 100 percent.

Employee health insurance coverage is estimated to cost the county $1.4 million annually. In the past, the county has covered premiums for employees and dependents.

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