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Lamar County has several bids to provide insurance for county employees, but it’s not yet clear which is the best deal.
County commissioners opened nine bids Monday in differing formats for a variety of services:
Because of the varying styles of bids, Misty Wofford, a consultant with Lockton Dunning Benefits, will analyze the information and bring them back in a format that levels them out and the commissioners can see “what all this means and compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges,” County Judge Chuck Superville said.
“The main question I have is United Healthcare,” he said. “It looks like it’s the low bid, but I’m not sure about that number.”
The confusion arose because the company’s bid was markedly lower than its proposed renewal for $2.678 million. The current contract is about $2.5 million. The increase for a straightforward renewal is roughly 7 percent – much lower than the 10 to 20 percent Superville had expected.
By Jeff Parish, eParisExtra
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