HAMILTON -- Officials in a southwest Ohio county say a whopping insurance claim of more than $5 million likely will hinder efforts to keep down employee health care benefit costs.
The Hamilton JournalNews reports that Butler County officials won't release any details of the claim because of health privacy laws. But a human resources official says it is the biggest claim ever handled by its insurance provider, which is the County Employee Benefits Consortium of Ohio. It provides health care benefits for some 26 Ohio counties.
The claim comes as the county is exploring options for rising health costs. The cost of health insurance coverage for employees is expected to rise by 7 percent next year.
The big claim will be on the county's record as it shops for lower rates.