On Monday, Sept. 1, Somervell County commissioners awarded health insurance and dental bids for county employees.

The health insurance bid was granted to United Health Care as a renewal of the county’s current coverage plan.

“I would recommend we stay with our current care and coverage,” Barbara Hudson, Somervell county treasurer, said.

Several other bids were competitive with United Health Care’s, but a renewal plan will save the county nine percent over the next year, which is an estimated $110,000.

Fraser Agency, out of Stephenville, was one of the companies who placed a close second.

“Their rates are competitive, my concern is that their coverage is less than we currently have,” Hudson said.

Prior to making a motion, the commissioners discussed dental coverage for employees.

“We received quite a few dental proposals as well,” said Hudson. “In comparing all of these, to go with Guardian would be an additional 14 percent. There is an increase with all of the proposed except MetLife.

There would be no increase to the county or employees and the coverage is comparable. That would be my recommendation.”

The vote to renew health insurance coverage with United Health Care and award MetLife Dental, both for one year, was unanimous.