Augusta manufacturers likely to avoid paying energy tax

...least one firefighter to receive a check for nearly $8,000. The city is threatening to quit paying their health insurance premiums if the firefighters don't return the money, according to Charles Masters, the vice president of Augusta Firefighters...

Public safety officials push for new radio system

...system in-house, James said, the city could improve its Insurance Services Office rating, which could help lower insurance premiums in the area. One criteria in the rating calls for a indicator to be placed in the 911 Call Center to alert officials...

Tax refunds could get hit due to health law credits

...millions getting tax credits to help pay health insurance premiums under Pres i dent Obama's health care law, it's...update their accounts. They will pay higher health insurance premiums for the rest of this year, but they can avoid financial...

Commission approves fire department salary increase

...fire protection expenditures don't come out of the city's general fund. They rely on revenue generated from insurance premium and fire taxes. James said the account has a balance of about $4 million. The proposal calls for about $500...

Regents asked to boost health premiums, deductibles

...staff and retirees of the University System of Georgia are likely to wind up with an increase in their health insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles after the Board of Regents votes next month.The premium changes range from a 6 percent...

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Wellness programs grow more popular with employers

...controlling conditions such as diabetes.Along with that, many companies also are dangling the threat of higher monthly insurance premiums to prod workers into action.The Affordable Care Act is one reason the programs are spreading. The federal law...

Welfare Nation: "Farm Bill" is what's wrong with America

...below 86 percent of his previous years' peak earnings. On top of that, taxpayers pay 62 percent of his business-insurance premiums. You may have heard this year's farm bill ended so-called "direct payments" ? the $5 billion worth of checks...

Owners facing increase in flood insurance premiums

...National Flood Insurance Program, thousands of Georgia homeowners including Drury can count on paying increasing flood insurance premiums each year.Drury, a retired phone company customer service representative, lived in her home without flood insurance...

Georgia House bill promises antidote to Obamacare affliction

...Georgia are no exception.Jobs are vanishing. Health insurance premiums are climbing. Health care choices are shrinking...rule that generally prohibits 20 percent or more of insurance premium revenue to be devoted to administrative overhead...