Post by Logan on Apr 5, 2016 6:07:14 GMT -6
With an estimated $5.16 million increase to employee health care costs, the city of Wilmington is trying to get ahead of future increases by focusing on preventative measures, said Charlotte Barnes, the city’s Human Resources director.
Barnes, speaking to the City Council Budget Committee at a meeting Monday afternoon, said the city cannot afford to bear the burden of millions of dollars in increases each year as employees pay between 3 and 5 percent of the health expenses.
“The issue that keeps me awake at night is what is driving the increase in health care,” Barnes said.
Mayor Dennis P. Williams and his administration have proposed covering this year’s increase with a one-time transfer of $2 million from the Risk Management Fund. The elimination of five vacant positions will free up enough savings to cover the remaining increase.
Read more: www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2016/04/04/wilmington-officials-work-combat-rising-health-costs/82631874/