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URBANA -- Reynolds Towing covers half the health insurance costs for its employees and even the idea of saving money through the Affordable Care Act won't change that.
URBANA -- Reynolds Towing covers half the health insurance costs for its employees and even the idea of saving money through the Affordable Care Act won't change that. The company already renewed its plan with Health Alliance through next year.

This has allowed employees to worry less even if it might mean the company must spend more. For the past six years, Bobby Goin has been dispatching drivers and filing away recent hauls.

"I'm actually one of the newer ones. And six years at a job is a pretty long time for most people in their late 20's."

He's comfortable here and not just in his dispatch seat.

"Being comfortable with knowing that I always have insurance, that makes me happy."

Goin is one of fifteen workers getting insurance through Reynolds Towing. Rather than opting out to find a potentially cheaper plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace, he's latching on to his company.

"I don't have to spend time and effort researching what I want to do. I have what could be probably the best plan."

Susan Jepsen is chief financial officer for Reynolds Towing. Reynolds could save money by not offering health insurance coverage altogether.

"One of the things we have always prided ourselves on is providing for our employees the benefits we can provide for them."

Jepsen says they were able to compare next year's rates to this year's rate.

"It was an increase, but not an increase that kept us from renewing, and nothing that wanted us not to provide for our employees."

It is that family-like mindset that keeps people like Goin around, even before he starts a family of his own.

"I know that if I eventually get married and have kids, that I could go in there, fill out the paperwork and have them immediately put on there."

Jepsen says Reynolds does not have incentives, like tax credits, to continue offering health coverage.
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