There are only five retired county workers or spouses who have reached Medicare eligibility age and still get the county’s health insurance.

This week, the county commission met to discuss whether it would keep offering its health insurance package to retirees and their spouses once they reach Medicare age.

Currently, retired employees and their spouses can keep buying the county’s health insurance plan forever.

But the commission this week discussed cutting off the county’s health insurance to retirees and spouses once they reach Medicare age, which is 65.

The policy change would only affect retired workers and spouses going forward, not those who have already retired. The commission may implement the policy Jan. 1.

Of the people who are Medicare age and still get the county’s health insurance, two are retired employees, two are spouses and one is on a former employee/spouse plan, said Lisa Trentmann, county human resources/payroll clerk.

There are 14 retired workers or spouses who are under 65 and still get the county’s insurance. Twelve of those are the retirees themselves, one is a spouse of a retiree and one is for a retiree/spouse plan, Trentmann said.

That means there are a total of 19 retirees or spouses still getting the county’s insurance.

Retired workers have to pay the entire premium, unlike active workers who have part of their premiums paid by the county.

Even though the retired county employees pay the entire premium, they can still impact the county’s insurance costs by the claims they file, officials say.

To make the change official, the county commission must still formally adopt changes to its personnel policy.