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Town renews health insurance as costs go up 6 percent

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By KEVIN NEVERS

The Chesterton Town Council has renewed its employee health insurance program with American National Insurance for 2017 but will pay around 6 percent more.

That’s “pretty good” actually, Mike Anton of Anton Insurance Agency told the council as its meeting Monday night, given the fact that the town’s claim history this year “has been running a temperature.”

Not bad also, Anton added, given the fact that only a week ago American National had quoted an increase in the neighborhood of 13 percent. That proposed hike was successfully negotiated down, however, Anton said.

Anton did note that that the deductibles for three specific employees “will be higher, reflecting their particular situation and history.”

A few other changes were made as well in the 2017 employee benefit plan:

* This year’s manager of the prescription program, SaveRX, has been replaced, by True Scripts, which will allow employees to seek assistance from a not-for-profit foundation in paying for higher-priced pharmaceuticals. A minimum of $44,000 in savings has been projected, Anton said.

* In addition to the $1,000 annual deposit which the town will make into each participating employee’s health savings account, the town will match an employee’s own contribution up to $500. Employees who do not participate in the benefit plan will only receive the initial $1,000 deposit, Anton said.

* And the annual reward for participating in the town’s wellness program--Lunch and Learn--will be capped at $350. Lunch and Learn attendees receive a $50 award per session. But the number of sessions scheduled in 2017 has been increased, Anton said.

In response to a query from the council, Anton said that a memorandum explaining the changes will be sent to all employees and that an informational meeting for employees will be scheduled in the New Year.

Local 4600 Contract

In other business, and at the recommendation of Fire Chief John Jarka, members unanimously approved the town’s 2017 contract with International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4600, which represents the CFD’s career firefighters.

Local 4600 is not a collective bargaining unit and is prohibited by Indiana Code from job actions.

 

 

 

Posted 12/14/2016

 
 
 
 

 

 

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