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County likely to amend health care plan (Video Included)

Albany, Ga.: The Dougherty County Commission will decide next week whether to adopt a series of changes to their health plans that they say will provide better coverage.

When the county adopted an initial round of changes to its health care plans earlier this year, it inadvertently kicked the spouses of retirees who were under the age of 65 off of the plans, Assistant County Administrator Mike McCoy said.

To fix it, McCoy and the Dougherty County staff are seeking approval of the commission to allow the spouses of retirees who are under 65-years-old to continue receiving benefits until they reach 65.

Additionally, McCoy asked the commission for permission to join a CVS- Caremark program for specialty prescriptions --- mostly injectable -- that will mean that employees pay up to 50 percent of the cost of the medicine to a max of $100 copay. McCoy said some injectable medicines can cost thousands per month.

Finally, the county is seeking to require employees to use generic prescriptions were possible. Under a rule change, if employees wish to use the brand name drugs they can, but the drugs wouldn't be covered in full by the existing drug plan and the employee would have to pay the difference.