So, the mayor and his team have moved with a certain urgency to locate savings for investment, capital projects, emergencies, or to improve the city's financial position. Add that generating resources will help address the troubling news from the
All of this explains the proposal presented to the
One measure of how antiquated they are comes from third party administrators. They have moved ahead, structurally and technologically. They aren't interested in managing the
The city's supplemental health benefits for retirees reflect another era. Many cities and other public entities have adjusted to health care realities. Now
The mayor rightly argues that the cost is not sustainable, and he has proposed changes in line with the action of other cities. Retirees and active employees would be treated the same. That means such things as co-pays, distinctions between in-network and out-of-network providers and paying a portion of the monthly premium (roughly 5 percent or less than most in the private sector).
New employees hired starting next year would not have the option of the supplemental benefit.
The projections are the city would save
So, the shift in supplemental health benefits has the potential to make a real difference, and it has been conceived by the administration in a way that leaves retirees in the same position as others.
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