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As we all know, healthcare costs continue to rise and are a major concern for everyone.
several years, the County has experienced the same increases (or
higher) as other organizations, and for the most part, has covered the
additional cost and maintained
our traditional Enhanced and Standard PPO plans.
my FY17 Proposed Budget, which I will present tomorrow, I am asking for
healthcare plan revisions that I believe balance high-quality options
with fiscal responsibility.
The goal is to offer plans that will give you choices that best suit you
and your family. The changes go into effect January 1, 2017.
Resources is finalizing details and costs and we will provide that
information as soon as it is available through a comprehensive
high-touch, high-tech education
will be HR and Cigna road shows and other events at County departments
that will teach you about the plans, answer questions, and help you make
the best choices
for you and your family.
The result is that two healthcare plans will be offered this fall. A single PPO that blends the former Enhanced and Standard
plans, and a new Health Savings Account or HSA. The HSA is a High Deductible plan with no copays and a health savings account that the County contributes to, employees
can contribute to, and allows unused funds to roll over and build year-to-year.
driving force for the changes are increases in obesity-related
illnesses, higher prescription costs and maintenance
for chronic conditions that have resulted in a health spending deficit
of nearly $6 million in FY16 and a projected gap of nearly $16 million
This is a situation we must respond to and I believe these changes are necessary so we can continue to offer our employees
quality benefits and the best choices possible.
Dena R. Diorio