LAMPASAS — While still mourning the loss of a county employee who was killed Aug. 20 in a three-vehicle accident, it was business as usual for the Lampasas County commissioners during a meeting Monday morning.

The commissioners heard a report from Human Resource Director Dorothy Person regarding an increase in the county’s contribution toward the employee health insurance program.

“The auditor and I have worked on a way that we could show similar costs to the employees, their dependents and the county, and you’ll see there will be a change for spouse coverage with no co-pay from the employee’s point of view,” Person told the commissioners. “We did look at several approaches to try to maintain what we have, and we ask you to consider that since the deductions will start with the September payroll.”

County Auditor Chris Munn explained under the current health coverage proposal, the county’s contribution will rise.

“The incremental cost to the county is about $3,300 per year, but this is something we need to address regardless of the change in the health care premiums,” Munn said. “By and large, the main thing is to make sure that the employees don’t suffer an increase in their out-of-pocket premiums.”

The commissioners unanimously approved the proposal, which will result in the county’s additional contribution of $276.78 per month per employee.

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