Porter County insurance to get consultant review
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent August 19, 2014 4:38PM
Updated: September 22, 2014 12:00PM
VALPARAISO — Porter County’s health insurance costs are going to get another set of eyes.
The Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to hire Steve Brady of the Heritage Advisory Group, in a contract not to exceed $5,000, to review the county’s coverage and benefits and make recommendations for short- and long-term plans.
“The purpose is to give us a second set of eyes on costs,” said Commissioners President John Evans, R-North.
Brady will work with Anton Insurance, the county’s servicing agent, and Auditor Bob Wichlinski in reviewing costs and making recommendations, Evans said.
Brady also has worked with Portage and Chesterton in a similar capacity.
Commissioners have worked to bring down health costs, Evans said, by raising deductibles and co-pays and adding a high deductible plan, as well as changing providers for the county’s clinic program, which saved hundreds of thousands of dollars. Commissioners also are seeking bids for the county plan.
The county has experienced a high rate of catastrophic claims, Evans said, with just 30 of the plan’s more than 1,400 participants accounting for about 50 percent of the total claims.
In other business, commissioners approved on second reading an ordinance creating a storm water management program for the county’s unincorporated areas and a storm water management board.
Before the vote, Dave Burrus, chair of the county’s drainage board, gave commissioners an overview of seven of the 29 recently completed drainage projects throughout the county.
The storm water board will be made up by the commissioners and the county surveyor, or their appointees, and will meet monthly. A seven-member advisory board will meet quarterly.
Anyone interested in applying for either board can contact the commissioners office at (219) 465-3440.