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Council approves insurance provider

Published 11:07am Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Only one of three scheduled specially-called meetings of the Ironton City Council were necessary to approve the city’s 2014 health insurance plan.

Brown/Raybourne Insurance representative Dave Brown presented council’s finance committee with insurance quotes for 2014 on Thursday. The new plan has employees being covered by Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Brown said the policy’s deductible and 90-day prescription plan will decrease and co-pays and 30-day prescription plan will increase slightly from last year.

Special city council meetings were set for 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week to read and possibly enter into a contract for health insurance with Anthem. Council approved the plan 6-0 on Monday.

“Council president Kevin Waldo called for three meetings in a row to ensure the insurance proposal would get heard by council,” Ironton Mayor Rich Blankenship, said. “The plan was if all members show up on Monday and the ordinance is adopted, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s meetings would be cancelled.”

  • Poor Richard

    Has anyone noticed how ruthless insurance companies have become? They are no longer service or customer oriented but seem to be driven by profits only. So, what’s new right? I’ve heard of them cancelling customers who had only one claim in 40 years. I was talking to a business owner in Cincinnati last week and they literally put him out of business. Does anyone of know of any alternatives for consumers yet? I think our Attorney General Mike DeWine needs to take a hard look at the insurance industry, they are as bad as the medical industry if not worse.

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