Ben Hill solves rising healthcare problem

Ben Hill Commissioners during a work session. / WFXL File Photo

If Ben Hill County commissioners don't make a change, rising healthcare costs could send the county into financial turmoil.

Since last year, the cost of health insurance rose by 40% in Ben Hill County.

Officials have been working for at least two months trying to figure out how they can balance this problem.

As a solution, a new plan will have a higher deductible.

Instead of a $2,000, it's going up to $3,500.

"When you look at what happened last year, we found that only eight of our 97 employees actually reached the $2,000 deductible limit. So what we did was we computed to estimate for example that ten employees might reach the $3,500 limit," said Frank Field, County Administrator.

Commissioners set aside $15,000 to assist those 10 employees who may reach the new deductible.

Although the deductible is going up, employees will pay less for insurance.

The new plan will be a dollar cheaper than last year.

To save on costs, commissioners are also opening health rooms to help monitor employees with illnesses.