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Electric Board Approves Health Insurance Renewal

by Joel Washburn washburn@mckenziebanner.com
Posted 11/24/20

HUNTINGDON — Carroll County Electric’s Board of Directors approved the employee health insurance premiums for the year 2021. Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Tennessee increased its rates by 5.7 …

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Electric Board Approves Health Insurance Renewal

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HUNTINGDON — Carroll County Electric’s Board of Directors approved the employee health insurance premiums for the year 2021. Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Tennessee increased its rates by 5.7 percent on the department’s employee plan. The board reviewed but declined other less expensive, less coverage options.

Jacob Smothers of Huntingdon Insurance Agency said the department’s 5.7 percent increase was “one of the best” for a group of its size.

The cost is $546.54 for employee only, $1,093.09 for employee and spouse, $1,011.11 for employee and child and $1,557.65 for employee and family for the policy with $3,000 deductible and $6,000 maximum out-of-pocket expenses for the year. The overall premium is $811,276.15 for 20 family plans, 22 family-spouse plans, three employee-child plans, and four employee-only plans.

Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) is reviewing the department’s application to participate in the state-operated retirement program. Ryan Drewry, office manager, said he provided additional information to TCRS so it can begin the verification process before the documentation is sent to the actuarial department.

Danny Brawner, general manager, said the TEC, the provider of fiber-optic internet, has co-located its technical equipment in the server room of CCED. TEC received a grant to extend fiber optic in the rural areas of Buena Vista and McLemoresville to households and businesses. TEC will lease CCED’s fiber as part of the network to connect the two geographic areas. TEC hopes to expand its network of fiber-optic lines and provide high-speed internet.

Brawner said the department sold its surplus used bucket truck to a tree-trimming service in Lexington.

The usual Christmas dinner for employees was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brawner said each CCED associate received $50 Bucks offered through the Chamber of Commerce.

Drewry told The Banner the lobby of the CCED office is closed to the public because of the pandemic. Customers are served at the drive-up window, over the telephone or through online services or the U.S. Mail.

Board Chairman Terry Howell announced the next meeting is Wednesday, December 16, 2:30 p.m. at the Chamber building in Huntingdon.

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