Hospital Board, Administrator Discuss Group Health Plan

Hospital Board, Administrator Discuss Group Health Plan

At their recent regular monthly meeting, The Johnson County Healthcare Center's Board of Trustees discussed their employee group health plan, deciding to allow Hospital Administrator Sandy Ward to choose a group Health Plan Administrator.

The healthcare center has been with a partially self-funded program since 1990, through a company called MBA of Wyoming. About 2010, the company sold to MBMC, or Mountain Benefits Management Company, who still administers the health plan.
For the most part, the center has had good service with both companies, but for the last couple of years they have had problems with the company processing claims in a timely fashion.

After submitting concerns to the company about the claims problems over the last couple of years, the center chose to look into the possibility of changing their Health Plan Administrator.
Bid specifications were sent out in January to three local insurance agents to acquire quotes from their companies.

Ward is looking at two bids that have already been submitted, and will look at another agent's bids should they be submitted in time for a decision to be made by April 1st, which Ward feels will need to be done to alleviate any possible gaps in health care coverage for their employees should they choose to change administrators.

Ward then asked the board to approve him making a decision on which administrator and plan to pursue, citing the time-line to prevent the gap in coverage and the fact the board will not meet again until the end of April.

The board approved Ward to make the decision.

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