Commissioners renew PHS health-care plan for county employees

Marion County Commissioners agreed last Tuesday to continue healthcare with Preferred Health Systems after hearing about some changes in the policy.

Jennifer Elliot of PHS reviewed changes that would lower rates for county workers.

The changes, having to do with prescription drugs, would lower the overall premium from $218 to $214.

A 30-day prescription at a local pharmacy will remain the same with a $5 generic and $15 name brand co-pay for prescription drugs, but a third tier will be added to the policy at $30 for unlisted drugs.

Mail-order co-pay will now be $12 generic and $40 name brand. Mail-in drugs not on the list will be a $75 co-pay.

Commissioner Bob Hein recommended adoption of the plan and the recommendation carried by a 3-0 vote.

In other action:

— Commissioners approved the purchase of a new photocopy machine from Business Systems of Wichita/Peabody at $3,895 with a trade-in on the old machine.

The bid was far lower than ones received from Sunflower Office Products of Hillsboro and McPherson Business Machines.

— A road crossing permit was signed for Glenn Langeneger for electrical service installation 50-yards north of the intersection of Vista and 30th in Summit.

The Road and Bridge Department also purchased wood posts from Marion Lumber for $1,498.

— David Brazil, county sanitarian and planning/zoning director told commissioners he was pleased with the progress made in the area of sanitation with the completion of water screening services.

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