By Brenda Young

Killeen Daily Herald

LAMPASAS — County commissioners awarded a bid for health insurance coverage to Aetna during a special meeting Monday.

“We feel they presented better rates and a wider choice of doctors and hospitals county employees can use inside and outside of the coverage area,” County Judge Wayne Boultinghouse said.

Aetna will save the county about $52,000 per year in health insurance costs.

“They brought a substantial savings to the county from the previous health care provider, Scott & White,” County Auditor Chris Munn said. “There were some minor variations in copays and deductibles, but not enough to mitigate a $52,000 savings.”

Anco Insurance of Bryan-College Station, an insurance broker, helped the county with the selection process. Human Resource Director Dorothy Person said the company’s knowledge and skills were assets to the county.

“The broker knows the business and how to evaluate comparisons,” Person said. “From what we’ve heard, Aetna has a nationwide network, a good billing system and that’ll be a big advantage in lowering our costs.”

With Aetna, the copay for employee visits to a primary care physician is reduced from $30 to $20, while the copay for visits to specialists will rise slightly, from $30 to $35.

Employee copays for emergency room services are substantially lower, dropping from $250 to $100 per visit.

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