Health Benefits Cause Stir In Commission Meeting

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

Commissioner Brian Strow suggested an amendment that would make everyone accountable for paying on their health insurance.

"The reason its important for everyone to pay is its group insurance plan. If we're going to share in the benefits, we must share in the risk. If you're not paying any money into it, then you have any incentive to gage cost containment controls."

The situation got tense when Strow suggested the amendment include a 80 to 20 split of the payment for the city and employees.

This contradicts the plan City Manager Kevin DeFebbo originally proposed which has fixed premium prices that cit zens would be required to pay.

The amendment failed but Commissioner Slim Nash suggested his own amendment that was a combination of both plans.

In Nash's plan, the city would pay 95 while employees would pay 5 percent for the 2007 fiscal year.

Nash's amendment passed despite Mayor Elaine Walker and Commissioner Delane Simpson voting in opposition.

The amended benefit plan was then passed 3 to 2.

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