"We are testing the market to see what other services may be out there," deputy county administrator
The county pays about
"It might be entirely circumstantial that the discount came at the same time that we are searching for alternative services, but the discount came nonetheless," Gruber said.
In addition to concerns about the price of coverage, county officials have bemoaned a policy of the trust that requires all vendors, no matter how large or small, to provide certificates of workers' compensation coverage before doing business with the county.
"Even if they are a sole proprietor" who sells the county a single "
"There are a lot of certificates that we have to get over the course of a year," which creates "a very large, time-consuming burden" for administration staff, he said.
County leaders also say their current provider may not be contesting claims that competitors would be likely to fight.
"They just roll over" rather than contest claims, Stewart said.
Gruber agreed, saying county administration is concerned about the "number and types of claims that are going through."
Administration staff plan to continue researching alternative providers and bring their findings before
If the county ultimately opts to leave the workers' compensation trust, it wouldn't be the first time leaders chose to bail on an insurance provider in search of a better deal.
The council voted in April to stop using
County officials expect that move to save taxpayers about
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