Most Washington County municipalities don't reimburse employees who opt out of their health insurance plan, officials said this week.
At least two municipalities - Hancock and Hagerstown - do offer that choice.
Hancock employees who choose not to receive health insurance provided by the town are given monthly checks that cover what they would pay if they had the insurance. As of July 1, 2001, the health insurance premium was $251 a month.
Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy and Councilman David Smith said Friday the practice is common among businesses. Councilman Darwin Mills said the policy costs the town about $15,000 a year.
Hagerstown reimburses employees $20 a week, which is included in their paychecks. That amounts to a total of $2,946 a month, city Human Resources Specialist Beth Maroney said.