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December 11, 2007

Albany -- It's been more than a quarter of a century since Albany City Commissioners made any major adjustments to the healthcare plan, but that may soon change.  

With the rapid rise in health care expenses, city commissioners are looking into options to provide health insurance to employees.

The city entered into a public employee group health plan with the county and Water, Gas, and Light back in 1981. It was expected that employee premiums and contributions would cover all claims, but in the past few years claims have risen dramatically. 

In October, commission had to approve an emergency lump sum payment of close to one and a half million dollars to maintain the fund through the end of the fiscal year.  Now, they are looking to stop the bleeding.  

"At the end of the day we may come back and say exactly what is in place now is the best method, but the commission feels like, and the committee agrees, you don't know until you ask all the questions and research everything," says Insurance Review Committee member Phil Roberson.

The city hopes to bring both County and Water, Gas, and Light members to the table to discuss the healthcare plan.

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