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TEXARKANA, Ark. — The Miller County Quorum Court's Insurance Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday inside the Texarkana, Arkansas, City Board of Directors meeting room on the Arkansas-side City Hall's second floor.

The meeting, which will focus on improving county employee health insurance cost coverage, is a continuation of a meeting the committee held last month.

Presently, Matt Roberston, an insurance broker with the Texarkana, Texas-based Daines Insurance and Financial Services firm, is researching ways to help find better cost coverage for at least 190 of the county's employees.

Prior to last year, the Arkansas Municipal League provided traditional employee health insurance coverage before the county switched to a self-insurance plan offered by Performance Health of Ohio.

However Sharon Wright, secretary for the county judges office, said the county employees didn't discover it was a self-insured plan until July of last year.

Wright said the self-insurance plan isn't as financially advantageous as what the Municipal League was offering.

As of July 1, 2020 the county's current health insurance provider is the Dallas-based Assured Benefits Administrators (ABA) — which is also self insurance based.

— Greg Bischof

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