Stephens Co. Hospital Renews Health Insurance

Employees at Stephens County Hospital will soon pay more for their health insurance.

Monday, the Stephens County Hospital Authority unanimously approved a renewal of the hospital’s health insurance policy.

According to Stephens County Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell, the current policy expires on April 30 and the new policy begins on May 1.

Gambrell said that the new policy will include a 5 percent increase in the employee contribution.

“We are happy it is not going up more,” said Gambrell. “It is still an increase, but considering prices of everything, it is not as bad probably as what a lot of people are looking to.”

Gambrell said that the hospital’s contribution to the employee health insurance costs will also go up under the new policy.

In addition, he said that the new policy will include a slight increase in the physician office co-pay.

“It will be a little bit higher,” said Gambrell. “Employees can also get medications through the hospital pharmacy. Those co-pays are not going up. We are really trying to contain costs and create a little burden to employees as possible.”

According to Gambrell, the hospital will remain with Symetra, a Washington state company, for its employee health insurance. Stephens County Hospital has used Symetra for the past few years.

Gambrell said the company has been good to work with and the hospital is happy to continue that relationship.