Kanawha Commissioners Approve Insurance Rate Hike for County Employees

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The Kanawha County Commission is worrying about their budget. Read

Looking at a $600,000 deficit in the budget, the commission approved the first phase of an attempt to reduce the amount they spend on health insurance for county employees.

The new policy will affect all county employees, which is about 400 people. Those in the lowest salary bracket will see their insurance payments increase by $2.80 a month with the new policy.

Once all of the rates go up, the county will save about $30,000 a year, but this is only the first step the commission is taking.

"This is just the beginning," Commission President Kent Carper said. "I've got about five more coming."

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