Like just about everyone else, the City of Marinette is wrestling with rising health insurance costs, and Tuesday the city council voted to switch providers and double deductibles. Mark Nygren, the city’s Health Benefits Consultant explained while they had good rate experience in past years with the Wisconsin Employer Trust Fund, the state’s attempts to control costs caused some of the major carriers to drop out….
SOUND BITE Mark Nygren explains
The city was looking at a 24 percent increase in the family premium if they stayed with the current plan. After some shopping, Nygren found two plans that would result in only a five percent increase, but that required increasing deductibles from $1000 to $2000, and reducing co-insurance from 100 to 90 percent. Of the two plans, Nygren recommending going with the Wisconsin Counties Association, which Marinette County, the Marinette Schools, and several other county school districts are using. Nygren said an advantage with the Counties Association plan is employees using Bellin Clinic for primary care services would have zero deductibles and zero co-insurance on those services. The council unanimously approved going with Wisconsin Counties Association for health coverage and Delta Dental for dental coverage in 2018.
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