GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission continued discussion about adding a telehealth service to the updated county employee benefits plan.
The commission had previously discussed the telehealth services — which would be offered by Amwell — with IMA Consulting. At its regular meeting Tuesday, the commission discussed the benefits and possible issues with the telehealth service.
The telehealth service would allow county employees to connect with a physician online or over the phone for minor illnesses and injuries — such as colds, flu, small cuts, rashes, minor infections and more. Employees would be responsible for a $25 copay, while the county would pay the remainder of the total $49 fee to be connected with a physician. This is cheaper for the county than a regular doctor visit.
The benefit of the telehealth program is that it should — in theory — save the county money on employee benefits by providing employees with a cheaper option than a doctor’s appointment, the emergency room or urgent care — unless those measures are needed.
The commission was concerned the service may be over-used, making it more expensive, but does not believe it will be since employees pay a copay for each visit.
Commissioner Jeff Murphy said the service could also benefit the families of employees. He said the service could be useful for families with small children, and when experiencing minor injuries or illness after hospital hours.
The commission will discuss the service further with IMA Employee Benefits Unit Leader Rick Beins during a conference call at 9 a.m. Friday.
In other business, County Zoning Administrator Troy Graham presented updates on policy to establish a codes court in Crawford County, as well as to the county’s nuisance policy. The commission plans to discuss the two policies further Friday.
The commission also announced that ALICE — active shooter — training is scheduled for January 18 and 19 at the courthouse.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.