At the request of council members, County Auditor
Efforts are already underway, he said, to explore whether the county could cut costs by teaming up with a different insurance adviser. The commissioners plan to hire an outside consultant to investigate the matter.
But, some council members contend commissioners have dragged their feet on the issue, which has been discussed for more than a year. And they've expressed dissatisfaction with the county's current insurance adviser, which is responsible for overseeing the county's group health insurance plan. Among other things, it monitors medical bills paid by the county to ensure there aren't errors and helps negotiate costs with health care providers, such as
County records show R&R has been paid nearly
"We want to find out what other brokers would charge to provide these services," Hamann said Wednesday.
But Kostielney said it's the role of county commissioners to lead such an effort -- not council members.
He said the consultant the county plans to hire would investigate how the county's group insurance plan compares with those negotiated by other insurance advisers.
Kostielney, who was not present at Tuesday's committee meeting, said he sent an email Wednesday to council members that explained efforts commissioners have taken to address the issue. He believes the county, which pays about
"I've been incredibly pleased with the work that R&R has done," he said. "We're much more ahead of the curve than other entities across the state and region."
For his part, Hamann said council members have been frustrated because they haven't heard reports from R&R about what it is doing to keep medical expenses under control.
Kostielney said R&R is expected to soon meet with council members. At the
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