All current employees of Macon and Bibb County will get to learn about their new insurance Oct. 15 and 16, city Human Resources Director Ben Hubbard told a City Council committee Wednesday.
We will be meeting at the Monument Room at the Centreplex, he said. Several meetings will be held each day, during which the roughly 2,000 city and county workers will get packets detailing their coverage choices and costs.
Open enrollment will follow at the City Auditorium from Nov. 4-15, he said.
Consultant Jimmy Hinson, employee benefits vice president for BB&T Insurance Services, gave the council Employee Development & Compensation Committee a brief breakdown of the insurance plans features. Late last month he told the task force working on government consolidation that, on average, county workers will probably pay a little more for the new insurance while city workers will pay a little less.
Part of the citys reduction comes from discounts for wellness programs and abstaining from tobacco. Those discounts are now available only to county employees.
The cheapest employee-only rate on the three-tier plan is $77 per pay period, but that drops to $32 for nonsmokers and those in a wellness program, according to the breakdown handed out Wednesday.
Family coverage on the most expensive plan will cost $242 per pay period, but that drops to $197 after nonsmoking and wellness discounts.
For retirees too young for Medicare, the cheapest single-coverage option is $166.83 per month -- not per pay period -- which goes down to $69.33 with the discounts. The most expensive retiree plan is $524.33 per month for family coverage, or $426.83 with discounts.
Committee Chairman Charles Jones said its important for city employees to learn that they can now get wellness discounts, including one for not smoking. He asked if rates could change based on pre-existing conditions.
It would not be a difference based on current health, Hinson said. Those who now get coverage through the city or county can get the new insurance too, he said.
Hubbard said the insurance complies with or exceeds requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
Answering Councilwoman Lauren Benedict, he said the new providers of dental, vision and life insurance will be at the information meetings too, not just the primary health provider.
The committee also approved appointing city Finance Director Megan McMahon to the General Employees Pension Board. If approved by full council Oct. 15, McMahon will fill out the term of Tiffany Jones, who no longer works for the city, according to a memo from the mayors office. McMahons nomination passed 3-0, with Councilwoman Nancy White and Councilman Henry Gibson absent.