Sunbury looks at 2016 health insurance

By Lenny C. Lepola -

Jim Organ, a Benefits Consultant with One Source Advisors, Inc., Sunbury’s employee health insurance broker, presented his recommendations for renewing the village’s health insurance plan for 2016 at last week’s council meeting.

Organ said the village’s 2015 United Health Care Plan was down 14 percent from 2014; the 2016 renewal would increase by 7.4 percent, with the increase driven by the Affordable Health Care Act.

“The industry trend is showing an 11 percent to 15 percent increase,” Organ said. “All of the alternative carriers I looked at were higher. If you stay with United Health Care you’re still at $18,000 less than two years ago.”

Organ said the UHC plan would be a $5,000/$10,000 deductable, with $250 out-of-pocket for a single employee, $500 for a couple. Everything goes to 80/20 after the deductible, and out of network will be little higher than the current UHC policy.

The 2016 Wellness Program will be run by a new vendor, Integrated Wellness Solutions.

Organ said Integrated Wellness is recommending dropping the Body Mass Index requirement from 30 to 27.5; Glucose from 126 to 100, and Blood Pressure from 140/90 to 120/80. Employees would be swabbed to detect tobacco use.

“Employees would earn points leading to dollar amounts,” Organ said. “There will be alternative methods for gaining points. Four levels can be achieved – bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. Wellness needs to be completed by the end of February.”

During the regular council meeting, council members approved the auction sale of the Breece Property at 102 Rainbow Avenue.

The property, four lots and a home, sold to Ray Rammelsberg for $41,000 on Monday, November 9. Because the municipality owned the property the sale needed to be approved by council.

During the administrator’s report, Allan Rothermel said the new leaf collection machine, ordered in April, had not been delivered. He said since leaf collection is almost complete for the season, he recommended asking the manufacturer for a discount or extended warranty.

Council member Jennifer Ward had other concerns.

“If they can’t deliver the machine on time,” Ward said, “what if we have service issues?”

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Sunbury Village Council meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m., third floor council chambers, Sunbury Town Hall. Council committees meet one hour before regularly scheduled council sessions. All village council and council committee meetings are open to the public.

By Lenny C. Lepola

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093