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Brooke renews insurance plans

June 20, 2012
By ANGELINA DICKSON - Staff writer (adickson@weirtondailytimes.com) , Weirton Daily Times

WELLSBURG - While insurance premiums are going up in most cases, such as dental insurance for employees, Brooke County will be paying less for continued workers' compensation insurance.

Brooke County Commissioners, on Tuesday, approved renewals for both employee dental insurance, which is on an 80/20 split with employees, and workers' compensation.

Nathan Mazur, an employee benefits health insurance broker for Wells Fargo, said the county switched carriers for dental insurance several years ago. He said there was some skepticism at the time because Dearborn Dental Insurance was a new company but thus far there have been good reports from employees regarding the services and from the county for billing.

"Dearborn originally proposed a 17 percent increase but I was able to negotiate it down to 12 percent," he said.

Commissioner Tim Ennis asked if the insurance could be renewed for a longer period of time to which Mazur said it could, but the county could expect an additional fee if it chose to seek that option.

The next renewal for dental insurance will be June 30, 2013.

Brooke County will be saving a few thousand dollars on the other side of things as the quote for continued workers' compensation insurance was down.

John Frankovitch of Assure America said Travelers Insurance has covered the county and the renewal for the year is less than Brickstreet as well as last year's premium.

He said the county paid around $49,626 last year and as a result of having less payroll the county is looking to pay $47,414 for the coming fiscal year.

"We are also going to do an analysis of the claims to see if there is any reason for the uptick in the insurance modifier," Frankovitch added.

The quoted price from Brickstreet was approximately $62,000.

Brooke County Commissioners unanimously approved the renewal of the workers' compensation insurance with Travelers for the fiscal year 2012-2013.

(Dickson can be contacted at adickson@weirtondailytimes.com)

 
 

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