2017-11-15 / News

Neon facing insurance rate hike

Employees of the City of Fleming-Neon will see some changes in their citysponsored health insurance plan in the coming year.

At the November meeting of the Fleming-Neon City Council, Mayor Susie Polis told the council that insurance costs would increase by about $800 a month under the current plan, but under “Option 54,” coverage would be close to the current plan and cost less. Although some out-ofpocket costs for employees will go up, others will stay the same or go down. Copays will go up by $5, but hospital costs will be down slightly.

Polis also suggested another cost savings measure for the city as well. The city currently pays for the mayor’s health insurance and she said that since she is eligible for Medicare, the city could drop her insurance totally from its insurance package. In return, it will reimburse her for the amount she pays for Medicare Part B, D, and F. The total will be about $300 per month and the city will benefit by not having to pay the costs of her health insurance.

Four of the six affected city employees attended the meeting and they all approved of the changes in their coverage.

Polis said the city will save about $937 a month with Option 54 but that doesn’t include what it will save by changing her insurance coverage. The council voted unanimously to approve the changes. A more detailed report will be available as soon as the plan is finalized.

In other business, work is ongoing on the Fleming Neon Water Plant in McRoberts. Ken Reid of Nesbitt Engineering, who is working with the city on overhauling the entire water system, told the council that demolition work in and around the plant is proceeding on schedule and that temporary tanks are in place. Plumbing is “roughed in” and electrical work is underway. Reid said he hopes to see the lab and Water Manager Chris Banks’s office completed by the first of the year, adding that Banks’s temporary quarters are a bit cramped. In a related matter, the city had a 41 percent treated water loss in October.

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