According to the Commercial News, City council members voted unanimously Tuesday to approve Coventry Insurance for the city employees’ health insurance, effective Jan. 1.
Employee health insurance will cost the city $460,216 next year, an increase of $90,000 more than last year’s insurance.
“I’m sure no one likes it,” said Alderman Bill Goodwine, finance committee chairman, “including the city.”
Although Goodwine said he met with all the employees concerning the insurance, the city did not receive the final choices until late, therefore, employees were not given a chance to discuss the options at length. The best choice, according to Goodwine, was Coventry even though the deductible and out of pocket costs for single employees and families did go up.
“The insurance industry is total chaos,” Goodwine added.
The Fraternal Order of Police contract also was approved unanimously, which included five changes in the contract.
The changes, according to Alderman Brandon Hamilton, police committee chairman, were time frame of the contract, wages, longevity, residency requirements and insurance.