The premiums for health care insurance for Stone County employees will increase by about $30,000 next year if county officials decide to stay in their current plan.
While the insurance coverage will be virtually identical to what county employees currently have, the increase is due to the federal health care reform commonly known as "Obamacare."
A representative for Connell Insurance told commissioner's that his company solicited bids from five other companies besides Cox Health Plans, the county's current health care provider, for comparisons.
Three companies declined to submit a bid citing that that they could not be undercut the coverage provided by Cox. The remaining two companies had not provided bids as of press time.
The county currently pays the premium on all employees insurance, and if the commissioner's decide to stay in the Cox Health plan, employees will see their out of pocket deductible raise from $1,000 to $1,500.
Southern Commissioner Jerry Dodd says he doesn't think they will find a better deal than the current plan.
Commissioner's are expected to make the decision within the next month or so.