JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Insurance increases could cost Clark County workers hundreds of dollars more every year, and several Clark County workers showed up at the commissioners meeting Thursday night to voice their concerns. 

The county renewed its insurance plan on April 19 without bids from other companies. With the county trying to stay in budget, employees will be picking up more of the bill especially with traditional plans.

Some workers on the cheapest plan could end up paying no monthly premium at all after receiving a discount for completing health screenings.

The county's insurance agent, Sandy Halstead, said staying with the same carrier saved the most money.

"Anytime you can come in about a one-and-a-half percent increase overall, that's not a bad renewal," Halstead said. "There's also costs associated with changing carriers."

Tracy Morino, a court reporter for the county, said the low-cost plan won’t cover her needs, and she is worried about what the additional expense will mean for her budget.

“They’re going to be taking a lot more money out of my check," Morino said. "It’s going to cause a financial hardship."

Jack Coffman, the president of the commission, said they believe the decision was in the best interest of taxpayers, which include the employees.

“There’s been years where we’ve had it bid out, and no one has been able to give us as good of plan and service as what our current insurance provider has,” Coffman said.

The new insurance plan goes into effect Aug. 1.

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