City budget public hearing Sept. 12

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

A budget item for the proposed 2017/2018 Budget just got a tweak that will save the city $45,000 in the cost of health insurance.
The Mexia City Council had a special meeting at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 31 at City Hall to address a newly proposed health insurance plan.
Mexia Mayor Richard Duncan addressed the council, “We got a bid from United [Health Care]. They sweetened the pot a bit, so much to the point I wanted you all to look at. The synopsis is, there is good and bad, but I think the good out ways the bad. Office visits: zero co-pay; downside is the specialist is $100. But, if your doctor says go to a specialist, you will be $5 ahead. Urgent care is $10 higher; the emergency room visit is the same. With the current plan in place with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, it is a $5,000 deductible. One of the big differences is with United, the plan allows us to have a $3,000 deductible. Both plans have an 80 percent co-insurance; a little bit higher out-of-pocket maximum in and out of network. The pricing is $39.71 less than BC/BS. My thoughts, it is certainly worth taking another look at it being that it will be quite a bit of savings for the city. The biggest question in health insurance is the network. United assured me they have the identical network as BC/BS.”
Councilman Geary Smith asked why this offer was not presented beforehand.

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