Supervisors make changes to health insurance coverage

During a special meeting Friday morning, the Jay Township Supervisors voted 2-1 to discontinue paying certain costs associated with the township's health insurance coverage. According to the supervisors, the township has been paying any fees not covered by insurance companies and it has begun to place a significant financial burden on the township. Supervisor Francis Gustafson explained that the supervisors were particularly concerned because the township has been receiving bills between $1,200 and $1,600 a month to cover the additional cost of prescriptions not covered by co-pays for the seven people on the health insurance plan. "This year we had to budget, because of that, $14,000. Back in 2002 it actually started out as being only $1,500 a year. Now we're paying $1,600 a month. Nobody is paying any of their own deductibles. We can't keep going on," Gustafson said. Jeff Azzato, owner of St. Marys Insurance Agency, also attended the meeting, noting that his organization has written the insurance for the township for over 20 years. Azzato explained that the township's health insurance coverage is provided through Health America. He also stated that township employees covered under the plan have three different co-pays for prescription drugs, depending on what tier they are in and what type of drug they use. For more on this story, see the Jan. 11 edition of The Daily Press.