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November 3, 2013

Franklin County's health costs growing


Another deadline comes from Personnel Director Paul Duffee, whose office must send letters to all plan participants about rate changes within 60 days of when the new rates go into effect.

He said the rate changes “spread out and make it fair for everybody,” since in the past, retirees under 65 had not been charged enough for their medical coverage.

“In the past, we’ve undercharged early retirees, and actives have subsidized them,” said County Manager and Budget Officer Thomas Leitz.

He said the county will pay about $7 million for employee and retiree health care in 2014, which is $1 million more than this year.

“If costs increase like this in the next five years, the county would have to deliberate whether to provide it to retirees,” Leitz said.

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COVERAGE PLAN                                 2013 COST      2014 COST    MONTHLY INCREASE

Sheriff's Dept. Union (family):           $22,940            $27,042       $34

 Sheriff's Dept. Union (individual):    $8,290             $9,865          $13 

Employees Union (family)                $17,316         $19,756          $20 

Employees Union (individual):       $6,317             $7.207           $7.40 

Retirees, under 65 (family):           $5,400             $5,920            $43 

Retirees, under 65

(with spouse/dependent):             $4,663             $5,113            $37. 

Retirees, under 65 (individual):   $2,332             $2,557           $18.75 

Retirees 65 and up

with Medicare (family):                  $4,631           $5,496             $72 

Retirees 65 and up with Medicare

(with spouse/dependent):          $4,318            $4,775            $38 

Retirees 65 and up with Medicare (individual): $2,159 $2,388 $19

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