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Knoxville City Council Approves Health Insurance Switch

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 231

7-28-14 Knoxville City CouncilThe Knoxville City Council went with what the employees said they wanted.

Aldermen last night held a special meeting, where they approved switching to an employee health insurance plan from United Health Care-River Valley, versus the plan they currently have through Blue Cross-Blue Shield.

Dan Hiett is the city’s insurance agent, and told employees and aldermen last night the change was necessary thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

“This year, you have to go from a non-compliant Blue Cross plan, which is what you’ve had, which you’ve all been relatively happy with, to a ACA, Affordable Care Act-compliant plan,” Hiett said.

To switch to an ACA-approved Blue Cross plan would result in an 18-percent cost increase. To switch to the United Health Care plan is only 11-percent more, according to Hiett.

And, Hiett says, OSF Health Care system doctors will soon be on the United plan, in addition to Cottage Hospital doctors already in-network.

Aldermen last night also voted to enter into a new five-year agreement with Kewanee-based Bock Incorporated to operate the city’s Waste Water Treatment Plant, but not the city’s water and sewer system. The city will soon be operating that themselves.