The city of Stevens Point’s Finance Committee Monday, Oct. 29, unanimously recommended approval of the city’s proposed 2013 budget, which includes $600,000 in projected savings in employee health insurance expenses. The specifics of how those savings will be achieved have yet to be clarified.
Changes to the city’s health plan design are scheduled to be considered at the Personnel Committee meeting Monday, Nov. 12. The Common Council will consider the Finance Committee’s recommendation some time after that.
Comptroller/Treasurer John Schlice said at the Finance Committee meeting that a health savings account (HSA), high-deductible insurance plan would replace the city’s current, more traditional comprehensive health insurance plan. City officials, said Schlice, are scheduled to meet with city employees Thursday, Nov. 8, to explain those changes.
Schlice, Mayor Andrew Halverson and Personnel Director Lisa Jakusz all declined to comment on the specifics of the new plan in advance of the employee meeting. “I will not discuss health insurance past what you have already,” said Halverson. “We will be holding employees meeting over the next two weeks.”