Helping Employees With Cost of Drugs

Some Marshall County government employees are not happy with their health insurance and want county commissioners to do something about it.

Coverage for prescription drugs is at the heart of the problem. As we reported, one employee told commissioners this week medications are going to cost him much more under the new insurance plan. “Total out-of-pocket expense for this, for me, is $8,500 a year. That is bankruptcy for a lot of us,” he said.

Blame the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — for some of the changes. Blame increasing costs for everything, including health care, for some.

Reportedly, county officials plan to discuss the matter with their insurance carrier and work with employees to hold costs down as much as possible.

But the bottom line is that commissioners may not be able to do much to help. Still, they should make every effort to aid the affected employees.