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Health insurance renewal on Brown County Board agenda

October 5, 2012
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - Brown County commissioners will consider approving 2013 HealthPartners Health Insurance plans on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

The renewal reflects a 16.69 percent increase from the HP 2500/5000 with HSA base plan from 2012 rates due to trend factors and plan experience, according to the Request for Board Action (RBA).

Commissioners will consider offering an optional fourth Health Partners Insurance Plan: HP 3000/6000 w/HSA, Single $576.39, Family $1,556.11, so employees have another insurance plan option with a lower premium rate, according to the RBA.

Commissioners will also consider:

A request from the Minnesota River Board to participate in an RFP (Request For Proposals) for additional ditch viewers. Brown County is re-determining benefits on three of the county's drainage ditches this year, according to the RBA.

Plans are to redetermine benefits for many of the county's drainage systems. Because several other southern Minnesota counties are doing similar projects, there is a lack of lead viewers for the work.

The Minnesota River Board (MRB) is aware of the issue and would like to develop an RFP to secure additional ditch viewers to meet the increasing demand of benefit re-determination in the Minnesota River Basin.

Approving the four-year appointment of Rita Treml as Brown County Assessor effective Jan. 1, 2013, Treml was appointed as County Assessor effective Jan. 1, 2010 for the term ending Dec. 31, 2012.

Minnesota law dictates that county assessors be appointed by county board.

Information from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) that the Minneapolis Heart Institute working with the Heart of New Ulm (HONU) project received a $204,275 Small Transformation Grant for Brown County Public Health to create a Heart of Brown County (HBC) program over a two-year period.

Public Health Director Karen Moritz said she will be included in the planning process and staff will work with the program. Melissa Hoffmann will work with the project as part of her .2 FTE with health promotion, according to the RBA.

The board meeting starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 in the commissioners room in the courthouse.

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