City workers get new health coverage

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

City employees will be signing up for a new Acordia insurance plan next week. Acting City Manager and City Planning Director Gary Muller said there will be no increase in payroll deductions for employees under the new plan.

The City Commission approved a motion Wednesday night to authorize Mayor Bill May to execute the new contract with Acordia which will become effective July 1.

Right now, an employee pays $214 a month for family coverage and the city pays 100 percent of the cost to insure employees with single coverage, Muller said.

City employees will pay a $15 co-pay for office visits instead of the $10 co-pay under the previous plan. Prescription drug co-pays will also increase from $5 to $10 for generic drugs, and from $10 to $20 for brand drugs. There will also be a $35 charge for specialty drugs, Muller said.

There was no deductible under the previous plan, Muller said, however, the city has opted to go with a $200 deductible for those with single coverage and a $500 deductible for those with family coverage to help keep costs down for both the city and employees.

"That's only for major items such as hospital stays," Muller said, "not for doctor visits."

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