Carmi Council Approves Insurance Proposal
It took the Carmi City Council about 15 minutes to cover the first meeting of 2019 and approve an insurance proposal from Mutual Medical Plans, the city’s third party administrator for health insurance.
David Andreas with Mutual Medical explained two options to the council. The first would basically cost the city about $10,000 more a year. He explained there would be about a three percent cost increase, totaling about $950,000. The ten grand increase would be less than one percent.
Option Two would actually offset the $10,000 increase, by raising the risk, (basically the deductible). He said the city’s risk is now at $42,500 and by raising that to $45,000 the increase would be offset
He pointed out the cost is to the city, not to employees. Andreas said employee cost is $254 for single and a little over $600 for family and that will apparently remain the same.
He recommended the second option, which the council accepted without further question.
Andreas plans to return in March with an update for the council at which time City Clerk Cynthia Attebury will have compiled data which will help in determining the city’s health insurance needs.
There were no reports from the standing committees and Mayor Jeff Pollard had no report, but expressed hope that everyone had a good Christmas and wished everyone a Happy New Year, prior to adjournment.
The next city council meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 15.