Twp chooses insurance provider

News Photo by Julie Goldberg The Alpena Township Board of Trustees chose Alpena Agency as its employee health insurance for 2018 during its meeting on Monday.

ALPENA — The Alpena Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously to contract with Alpena Agency as its provider for employee health insurance for 2018.

The board had to choose between Alpena Agency, Franklin Benefit, and Lappan Agency. David Zeller of Alpena Agency and Michael Spleet of Franklin Benefit gave presentations to the board while Lappan Agency was unable to give a presentation, but gave the board its proposal electronically.

The rates are the same whether the board is under Blue Cross, Blue Care Network or Priority Health because the rates are based on the census that is provided and that is usually the age and gender of clients.

“I like the idea of having a local agent where you can sit down and talk to somebody,” Treasurer Laura Ellery-Somers said.

Zeller told the board that Alpena Agency has four agents who would help the board service the township’s account. He also said that it represents a lot of clients in the area.

“We roll up our sleeves and go to work for you,” Zeller said. “We don’t have all the fancy gadgets and stuff, but we do have the ability to go out and get the information that you need. We do an excellent job with the groups that we service now.”

The board can change providers next year if its not happy with the service.

“I’m a strong proponent for trying to support local business whenever we can,” Township Supervisor Nathan Skibbe said.

The board had until Dec. 1 to make a decision. The township’s open enrollment always has been the month of December, according to Clerk Karie Bleau.

“We’re looking forward to servicing Alpena Township,” Zeller said. “We’re here to help.”

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