The Henry County commissioners Thursday reinstated two options regarding health insurance coverage for 2014.

The Henry County commissioners Thursday reinstated two options regarding health insurance coverage for 2014.

On Tuesday, the commissioners approved changes to its health insurance coverage, including eliminating the health insurance waiver of $1,250 offered to employees not taking the county’s health insurance and eliminating the $1,500 deductible and $500 deductible plans and only offering a high-deductible plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA), with the county contributing $1,200 to each employee’s account.

On Thursday, the board reinstated the health insurance waiver for 2014 in the amount of $1,200 for each employee who does not use the county’s health insurance.

The waiver was reinstated in that amount because the county will be providing $1,200 to the employees’ HSA accounts and did not want to penalize employees who are not on the county’s insurance plan.

The commissioners also reinstated the $1,500 deductible plan for those employees meeting certain requirements. The employee contributions are as follows: $20 for an individual; $154 for an employee plus spouse; $141 for an employee plus children; and $228 for a family.

This was due to the fact several employees are either Medicare-eligible (over 65 years old), receive Veterans Affairs benefits or have TriCare coverage, which is for Uniformed Service members and retirees, all of which prohibit them from contributing to an HSA, which is part of a high-deductible plan. There are currently three individuals which fall into those categories, although two employees will turn 65 years old within the next year.

The commissioners also:

•Met with Chris Peper of Frost Insurance and Ginny Shrimplin of CORSA to review the county’s stewardship report completed in April and for an explanation of the risk management services/member equity return.

•Approved a draw in the amount of $9,800 from the Ohio Development Services Agency for home repair and administration costs.

•Held an executive session regarding potential litigation. No action was taken.

The agenda for Tuesday includes action on the Napoleon Area Schools annexation request at 10 a.m. and Nick Nye at 10:30 a.m. regarding the 2014 Local Emergency Planning Committee contract.