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