City weighs its options for health coverage

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The City Commission on Monday reviewed a bevy of health insurance providers as the search for a cheaper coverage continues.

Last month, the city bid out a new health insurance contract after voting 3-1 in March to look for a new provider. The city is currently under a self-insured system administered through Bluegrass Health.

The city's third-party administrator, Acordia National, which acts as a consultant in finding the right firm, had determined Bluegrass to be the best firm for city employees.

But the commission went shopping for a new provider after a proposal from former City Manager Bob Elliott and complaints from some city employees about the current policy. Moreover, city commissioners said Bluegrass rates rose significantly last year.

"It went up considerably," said Tracey Turner Thurman. "We took a bite going through this process last year."

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