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Health insurance waiver program continues to grow

Legislator Joe Suhrada, R-Rotterdam, said the Legislature is supportive of the waiver program. But, Suhrada said, the program could be even larger if the Legislature had promoted the plan four years ago when it was an agenda item of former Legislator Carolina Lazzari, R-Rotterdam.

County officials, though, said they have promoted the program. Gardner said promotional material for the program is sent out to all county employees each week with their pay stubs.

Gardner said he thinks even more people will sign up for the health care waiver in 2009. He said that only 7 percent of the 1,200 employees eligible for an exemption are enrolled in the program.

"We expect it to continue to grow," said Gardner. "This is a program you don't often see in the public sector.""

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