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CLINTON — Clinton County is considering options to offer a wellness program to additional county agencies. 

Clinton County currently offers a wellness program to county employees, including employees with Clinton County Emergency Management, 911 communications and Clinton County Conservation. The board is considering expanding the program to outside organizations, including the Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency. The county has an outside agreement with the Clinton County Solid Waste Agency, unlike EMA, 911 communications and conservation, which is considered under the umbrella of the county. 

“We have an outside contract. We have an agreement, outside agreement with the solid waste agency,” Clinton County Auditor Eric Van Lancker said. “That’s not at all what we do with conservation, communications, EMA. They’re all considered in the umbrella of the county. I assume we always did that because of the funding commitment we have with them.”

The county has its own benefit program that is applied within its own organization. Van Lancker said the Clinton County Solid Waste Agency may pick up a different wellness program. He said they may want to choose its own wellness program since the county would require them to pay for using its wellness program. 

“When we signed up with Health Solutions, we did an RFP (Request for Proposals),” Van Lancker said. “We had three or four come in here and we interviewed. So what they’re talking about is blindly going with the vendor that we have. Maybe they don’t want that. Maybe they don’t need that. There was different services amongst those three or four that we interviewed. So they might want to interview because they’re going to have to pay for it anyway. There’s nothing linked to our insurance for them for their wellness.”

Board Chairman Shawn Hamerlinck cited the cost savings the county has seen in the wellness program and stated he would like to offer the program to others on the county insurance plan. 

“I’ve seen the cost savings we’ve had with our wellness program,” Hamerlinck said. “And improvements we’ve made. And since people are on our insurance pool, I think they should have wellness. Because ultimately we’re going to end up paying for it at some point.”

Staff Writer John Rohlf can be reached at jrohlf@clintonherald.com

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