Milwaukee County Board panel sidetracks proposal to consider dropping health insurance [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
|By Steve Schultze, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel|
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In calling for the study, Supervisor
Employees could get their own insurance through exchanges required under the law, where costs might be cheaper, Alexander's proposal said. Larger risk pools and subsidized premiums for families with up to
The county's federal penalty for not providing health insurance to its 4,400 employees would come to about
While a work group of county officials may study the issue of potential impacts of the federal health law -- often called Obamacare -- it would help to require a timely review so the county can make a decision before 2014, when more provisions of the law kick in, Alexander said.
"There's no way I'm voting for that," said Supervisor
Other supervisors faulted Alexander for not briefing supervisors in advance and called her study proposal premature.
He said he wasn't endorsing the shift, but that it was "absolutely appropriate and prudent to study it."
The finance panel also recommended denying a request by Sheriff
Clarke has sued the county in an effort to stop that change.
The extra captains would be needed because the staffs for the two lockups are now combined. The 2013 county budget provided for four captains at the jail, but six are needed, Schmidt said.
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