PORTAGE | As the first group of city employees began making switches to their health insurance coverage Monday morning, the Board of Works gave final approvals to put the new programs in place.
Open enrollment began for the approximately 37 nonunion city employees, who have been given the option of three new health care plans. The new plans are effective April 1.
The board approved rules for vacation and personal day sell backs as part of the incentives being offered to the employees. Employees opting for a high deductible plan with a health savings account are eligible to sell back one week of vacation with the funds deposited in their HSA. All employees in the group can sell back up to three personal days and pocket the cash or have it deposited in their HSA.
The board also approved premium rates for the three new plans and wellness and nonsmoking incentives. Rates vary, ranging from $150 per month for a single and $300 a month for a family for the lowest deductible plan to $50 and $100 per month for the high deductible plan. Employees can receive a $25 per month incentive deduction for both being nonsmokers or participating in a wellness plan.
In addition, the board approved a spousal surcharge of $100 per month for each of the three plans. If a spouse has access to another health insurance plan, but opts to only be covered by the city plan, they will have to pay an additional $100 per month.