HALIFAX -- As the new health insurance marketplace opened this month, the Selectboard has chosen its funding option regarding full-time employees but is still determining policy for other employees.
"We're having these discussions and some of this stuff is about trying to look at the situation with fresh eyes and make it clearer," said Halifax Selectboard Chairwoman Edee Edwards.
On Sept. 24, the Halifax Selectboard made a motion to fund the platinum plan for all of the town's full-time employees through the website, Vermont Health Connect, which is the new marketplace for purchasing health insurance.
The platinum plan is the most expensive and complete option for insurance through the market. It has been said that this plan is similar to insurance plans that had offered the most to the insured in the past.
Vermonters began to choose their plans through the website on Oct. 1.
According to Vermont.gov, "The plans are offered at four levels: Platinum, gold, silver and bronze. The levels vary in the amount of premium versus out-of-pocket costs and those purchasing as individuals and employees alike may pick the plan that best meets their medical needs and budget. All plans offer the same quality benefits, including preventive care, mental health services and dental and vision coverage for children."
The Selectboard plans to hold several meetings to review health insurance policy regarding employees who are not full-time workers. Edwards said that categories that fall outside of full-time employees need to be clearly defined.
"We have to have more conversations about that... so it's clear what we will and will not offer if and when we add someone part-time," said Edwards.
Currently, the town of Halifax has five full-time employees on its payroll. The Selectboard is going to review other positions within the town this month.
"We're also looking at elected officials, who may work on a regular schedule and work a lot of hours," said Edwards.
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