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‘Obamacare’ regs ensnare Elmendorf employees
ELMENDORF -- “To boil it down, due to the Affordable Care Act, we now have less coverage at a higher price,” said City Administrator Cody Dailey after the March 13 Elmendorf City Council meeting, in which the council was forced to change the city’s employee health-insurance plan.
Dailey said that the city insures eight employees, with a ninth soon to be added. Its previous policy with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas no longer was going to be offered, because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The most-comparable plan offered by that company would have meant a significant price increase and less coverage.
“We had been paying $319.91 per employee,” Dailey said. “The least- expensive policy Blue Cross had for us was $400.44 per employee, and that came with doubled co-pays, decreased co-insurance, and higher prescription plans to the employees.”
The council voted to insure the employees with Humana. While Dailey said the new plan has better copays and prescription-drug coverage than what the city could have had through Blue Cross, the average cost per employee still is higher, at $379.94.
Also during the meeting, the council learned that the San Antonio City Council still is on track to vote April 3 on a deal that would allow Elmendorf to acquire some of that city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. If approved, Elmendorf would hold two public hearings in April related to annexing property to include the Dollar General store at the corner of U.S. 181 and Kilowatt Road, with a final vote scheduled for May 8. (See “Elmendorf OKs San Antonio land proposal,” Feb. 26.)
In other business, the council:
•Learned that work continues on the city’s first-ever website, which will include information for residents and the ability to make online water-bill payments.
•Approved an ordinance related to fees for miscellaneous services -- such as copying, faxing, notarization, and brush dumping. City elected officials will be exempted from these fees, as they are not compensated for their service. (See “Elmendorf fees” for details.)
The city of Elmendorf offers the following services:
•Copies - 25 cents per page (black and white); $1 per page (color); 10 cents per page for official city documents; $15 each for police reports
•Fax - Sending: local -- 25 cents per page; long distance, $1 per page; international, not provided. Receiving: 25 cents per page
•Notary services - $6 per notarized document
•Brush dump per load* - $5 (city residents); $25 nonresident
*“Load” is defined as a grouping of brush located in a single vehicle, pickup truck bed, or trailer. Oversized trailers, or trailers exceeding 12’ in length, will be charged at $10 per load for residents or $50 for non-residents. A single pickup truck with an attached trailer, and groupings of brush in both, will be viewed as two loads.
Fees will not be collected on designated brush and bulk item dump days (two per year).
For more information, call City Hall at 210-635-8210.
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