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Health care changes Ok'd

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Wood County Commissioners Court
Health care changes OK'd;
Red Cross pact inked



Meeting in regular session Friday, October 15, Wood County Commissioners dispatched a 10-item agenda in short order. Complying with provisions of the new federal health care plan, commissioners approved several amendments to the county's employee/family health care plan and officially inked a pact with the American Red Cross concerning emergency mass-care shelters.
Several changes to Wood County's health care plan, mandated by provisions of what is known as Obamacare, were approved by commissioners. Maximum limits for coverages were dropped or changed with regard to organ transplants, home health care and other medical care procedures in order to comply with the new law as well as coverage related to hospice care. These changes became effective October 1, 2010. TMJ coverage was added to the plan effective August 1, 2010.
In the event of an emergency involving the establishment of mass-care shelters, the American Red Cross will operate and staff such facilities in cooperation with local emergency officials. In addition to operating necessary shelters the Red Cross will be responsible for social services inquiry and information services; emergency assistance for food, clothing rent and bedding: selected furnishings, occupational supplies and other essentials as well as referrals to appropriate government disaster programs.
Voting machines and other elections assistance were approved by commissioners in the conduct of elections to be held in November by the Alba-Golden ISD and the Union Hill ISD.
In other action the court approved:
- a two-week County payroll of $288,361.6457.
- claims and payments totaling $729,337.38.
- activity reports from all four precinct constables.
- discontinue imaging agreement with Wood County Title Company.
Personnel actions include:
- Richard Croney, Jailer, from Group VIII, Step 2, to Group VIII Step 3, WCSO, $15.87/hour.
- John G. Mahoney, from Jailer to Jailer-Sgt., WCSO, $15.31/hour.
The next regular meeting of the Wood County Commissioners Court will be Friday, October 29, 2010 at 10 a.m. A special meeting of the court can be called with 72-hour public notice.