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Health insurance costs on the rise for Eagle County employees

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – County employees will likely see increases in the money they pay for health insurance next year. But officials say county workers’ insurance benefits will remain some of the best in the area.

The county is trying to decrease health-insurance costs next year by 3 percent as part of belt-tightening efforts – even as health care costs have been rising by 8 percent in recent years.

A consultant, Denman Employee Benefits Specialties of Aurora, recommended that monthly premiums double, from $35 per month to $70 per month for individuals in the county’s most-used plan.

Proposed new prescription deductibles are also aimed at saving the county money.

The county is trying to reduce its insurance spending by about $600,000. It budgeted $7.1 million for workers’ medical, dental and vision insurance in 2009.

“No matter what we do, we’ll have a better health plan than most in the private sector,” said County Commissioner John Stavney.

The commissioners are expected to make a decision on the health plan by the end of the month.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or

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