Council approves city employee health insurance


Tecumseh City Council members (l-r) in front are Mayor Pro Tem Vicki Philo, Mayor Jack Baker, Stephanie Harmon, and in second row, Gary Naugle, Ron Wimple, Gayle Keiser and Gary Fox. Photo by Anthony Alaniz.

Tecumseh City Council approved the 2016 employee health insurance cost sharing plan with the Police Officers Labor Council and the Operating Engineer Unions Monday. The plan also applies to all non-union city employees eligible to receive health insurance.

Employees enrolled in a city health insurance plan will pay between 14 percent and 19 percent of health care costs. Three plans are available. They are, Simply Blue HSA PPO Silver, Simply Blue HSA PPO Gold deductible and Community Blue PPO 250, which is available to employees hired after January 1, 2016.

Deductibles range from $1,350 with the Gold plan to $5,400 with the Silver plan. Employees will pay between $1,066 to $4,394 depending on the plan and the number of dependents.

The approval of the health insurance cost sharing plan was contingent on council opting out of Public Act 152 of 2011, which requires that the city limit the cost it pays for employee health insurance. Council voted last year to opt out of the act and did so again for 2016.

City employees eligible for health insurance who choose not to receive health insurance through the city are provided 25 percent of the city’s savings. A single member insurance plan would receive $1,550, a two-person plan would receive $4,158 and a family plan would receive $4,667.

Also at the Monday meeting, a full council approved the submittal of the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP), which shows the city’s accountability and transparency, and helps the city receive part of its revenue sharing from the State of Michigan.       

EVIP requires certain financial information be available to citizens, with the city not only having copies available at city hall, but also available online on the city’s website.

In other business, council:

• Approved the 33rd Annual Christmas Parade and “Santa’s House” in Adam’s Park

• Appointed Mayor Jack Baker to the Tecumseh Retirement Board to fill the vacancy created by Larry Van Alstine Jr.’s departure on council as one of two councilmember positions

• Sworn in councilmembers Gayle Keiser, Vicki Philo and Gary Naugle


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