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Macon-Bibb Healthcare Committee trying to cut insurance costs

The newly-formed Macon-Bibb Healthcare Committee is working to cut employee insurance costs. Budget officials for the consolidated government say this is one of their biggest costs/Eric Mock (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- The newly-formed Macon-Bibb Healthcare Committee is working to cut employee insurance costs. Budget officials for the consolidated government say this is one of their biggest costs.

The consolidated county and city Macon-Bibb employs about 1,700 people. They fund their own health insurance plan for those employees.

But as healthcare costs rise, so does the cost of insuring these people.

In 2017, claims for Macon-Bibb employees totaled just over $17 million -- up almost $4 million from claims in 2016. Macon-Bibb budget planners have blamed this increase in costs for many of their budget problems.

Right now, Blue Cross Blue Shield administers Macon-Bibb's plan. But commissioners say its time for a change.

One of the committees' goals is to send out an RFP -- or request for proposals -- to find a new insurer who might be able to save them some money.

Blue Cross Blue Shield brought recommendations before the commission months ago to cut healthcare costs. However, the commission ultimately rejected many of those options because commissioners felt like they penalized their employees.

The next step will be for the committee to send out a survey for employees to fill out.

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