GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission is adjusting its new employee benefits plan after a ruling on its plan for primary health care.
The commission has worked with IMA Consulting to find a new employee benefits plan over the past year and signed an option agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas. However, the plan is still being finalized.
The county originally planned to include a contract with Dr. William Sullivan of Frontenac. Sullivan would provide primary care through a membership-based program with county employees. The idea was to save money on the county’s end by reducing trips to the emergency room for non life-threatening injuries.
However, last week BCBS ruled that it would cancel its contract with Sullivan if he entered into a contract with Crawford County. The loss of his contract with BCBS would mean none of his patients insured by BCBS would be covered in-network if they used his clinic for care.
Sullivan withdrew his proposal to work with the county.
The county’s employee benefits plan will now go back to a $25 copay for primary care and $50 to see a specialist.
The commission is still working with IMA and BCBS to finalize the plan.