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Town workers will be covered under a prescription plan for the first time beginning in 1998 after the Franklinville Town Board acted last week to replace its Blue Cross & Blue Shield health insurance policy with Community Blue Advantage, a Buffalo HMO.

Town Supervisor David Dickinson said the new plan saves the town about $15,000 and received the nod from employees. The board decided to look for alternatives after learning of a rate hike by Blue Cross & Blue Shield, which planned to bill the municipality $45,800 for the coming year. The town had budgeted just $39,000 for 1998, he said.

Community Blue Advantage will charge the town $30,800, a nonfluctuating fee for both the medical and prescription plans. Dickinson said fluctuation in rates would have been expected under a renewed contract with Blue Cross & Blue Shield.

Under the new plan, workers will pay only $3 for each prescription.

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