McDonough County saw a number of very high health insurance claims last year. This year the trend has reversed; claims are down significantly.
Through the first seven months of the current fiscal year, claims are about $350,000 lower than at the same time last year.
Finance Committee Chair Alice Henry is breathing a sigh of relief.
She says, “Last year was such an anomaly with our costs being much higher than average. And so it looks like it's kind of equilibrating and getting back to more of an average year.”
McDonough County employees have expressed interest in a wellness program during a meeting of the employee health insurance committee.
Finance committee chair Alice Henry said the county is interested in offering such a program. She said the county will start small to make sure the interest will continue.
She said, “We're going to start very economically and being to build interest in wellness. So, we'll start with some paycheck stuffers.”
Those items would include flyers on healthy eating and exercise.