The Jay Township Supervisors held a special meeting Thursday evening to discuss the township's health insurance policy. According to supervisor Francis Gustafson, the supervisors were recently informed that the cost for the policy was going to increase by about $900 per month and, in an effort to keep costs down, they hoped to find an alternate, cheaper policy.
Amy Groman, an insurance agent for St. Marys Insurance, also attended the meeting to answer supervisors' questions and to provide assistance as they considered their various options.
According to the township's 2011 budget, the cost of health insurance has experienced a fairly dramatic increase over the past few years, though there was no indication as to how many employees were on the policy at any given time. The budget indicates that the township paid $45,200 for insurance in 2006, $44,040 in 2007, $45,540 in 2008, $49,500 in 2009, $56,000 in 2010 and had budgeted for a cost of $73,500 in 2011.
The supervisors are currently considering various insurance plans provided by Health America and also plan to submit information to obtain a quote from UPMC. They decided to forego requesting any further information from Highmark because Gorman indicated that they would have to have the paperwork turned in for that plan by Feb. 28. The other plans will require the supervisors to make a decision by mid-March and they indicated that they plan to hold a special meeting once they receive the requested information from UPMC in order to officially make a decision.