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The Shawnee News-Star
  • City Commission to discuss new insurance fees

  • Shawnee city commission will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. to discuss several issues including a proposal that the city, rather than employees, pay fee increases assessed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield for health insurance. Commissioners could also take action on the proposal.
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  • Shawnee city commission will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. to discuss several issues including a proposal that the city, rather than employees, pay fee increases assessed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield for health insurance. Commissioners could also take action on the proposal.
     
    The Affordable Care Act includes several new fees that will be charged to providers of health insurance in 2014. The city currently has health care through Blue Cross and Blue Shield who will administer reporting and payment of the fees, but ultimately the expense will get passed to the clients, according to information provided to city commissioners from Dustin Brand of INSURICA.
     
    Notification of the fee increase was sent to the City of Shawnee and other clients having a non-calendar year renewal that they would begin charging the ACA fees on the January 2014 invoice, which is estimated to be an additional 3.5 percent.
     
    According to a memo by Cindy Sementelli, Shawnee finance director, she is recommending the city pay the fee increase until next budget year. She gives the recommendation based on the fact the city gave employees a specific rate for fiscal year 2013-2014 and the ACA was not factored into it since the staff wasn't aware of upcoming fees.
     
    Commissioners will also hold a public hearing and consider an ordinance modifying taxicab rules.
     
    In a memo sent by Planning Director Justin Erickson, the staff proposes the city commission adopt a revised vehicle for hire ordinance because the current ordinance has not been substantially updated since at least 1986. Erickson said in the memo that changes are necessary to protect public health, safety and welfare.
     
    The commission meeting is open to the public at City Hall and will include a time for citizen participation where issues can be brought forward to the commissioners.
     
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