Claudia Frier and Butch Clark, the city’s insurance brokers, reported during a committees meeting on Aug. 19 that rates for the Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage the city uses will go from $337.84 to $384.40 for an employee. The rates for an employee with spouse will go from $675.69 to $807.24, for an employee and one child from $641.90 to $749.58, and for a family from $1,013.53 to $1,172.42.
The city now has 29 employees under the plan, with 26 of them choosing the single coverage. A total of 38 people are covered under the plan.
Frier said she is still checking with other carriers but does not believe she will be able to find a cheaper rate elsewhere. If she does, she said the city may drop the Blue Cross coverage and go with the cheaper coverage.
Clark also warned the council members that rates will likely increase again next year if Obamacare is fully implemented.
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