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October 10, 2012

Clinton City Council tables insurance talks

CLINTON — Despite the two items being “unrelated,” the Clinton City Council tabled talks about an employee insurance waiver in order to hold their discussion on the item and the proposed changes to non-bargaining employees’ health insurance during the same meeting.

The Committee of the Whole on Tuesday night tabled the insurance waiver at the suggestion of City Finance Director Jessica Kinser.

“This waiver of coverage was something that while it is unrelated to the proposal for non-bargaining health insurance, it is something that, at this time, I think it would be best to wait and present those together,” Kinser said.

Under the proposed waiver, employees would be offered an annual cash incentive for opting out of the city’s insurance plan given they could prove they had some other form of insurance coverage.

It was originally suggested at the Internal Operations Committee that the incentive be $750, however IOC members did not feel this incentive was high enough and discussed doubling it.  

Unlike the proposed changes to the city health insurance that would create a high deductible plan with employees maintaining a health savings account that will — for now — only affect non-bargaining employees, the insurance waiver would be available to bargaining employees as well.  

The proposed changes to city employees insurance materialized as a result of escalating costs.  Namely, a 28 percent increase in health insurance renewal in 2012.

Both the proposed changes to the non-bargaining employees’ insurance and the insurance waiver will be discussed at the COW meeting Oct. 23.

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