The City of Saline must find a way to absorb rising health care costs.
The city’s health care committee, made up of city staff and a representative from Kapnick Insurance, is recommending health insurance plans that will see the city pay an additional $127,803. About 45 city employees covered by the health care plan will have to share about $3,000 in additional costs.
According to Beth Madziar, of Kaptnick Insurance Group, premiums are increasing about 12.87 percent. Blue Cross Blue Shield, for medical, dental and vision, are rising 13.29 percent. On the flip side, the health care committee is recommending switching from BCBS dental to Delta Dental in a move that would save about $12,000 without reducing coverage for employees.
Last year, insurance premiums rose about 5.2 percent.
The health care changes take effect Jan. 1, meaning the city has to find a way to absorb about half the costs in the current budget. The city’s fiscal year runs from July 1 - June 30.