Mayor announces health insurance will remain the same for city employees and retirees
SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (KSLA) – Employees and retirees of the town of Shreveport can now breathe a sigh of relief.
KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER
- City of Shreveport employee / retiree health benefits will remain THE SAME in 2022
- Registration open for city employees / retirees begins November 15 and ends November 22
- City to pay $ 5.2 million to keep employee / retiree benefits the same
In September, the city announced that healthcare premiums would increase, but on Thursday, November 11, the board of directors of the Shreveport Health Care Trust Fund voted to make no changes. Mayor Adrian Perkins said the city will foot the bill of $ 5.2 million so the benefits can stay the same.
âI think this vote means they don’t have to worry anymore, that the same financial burden they had last year is going to stay the same. They are not going to accumulate additional costs in the future, so they plan better financially and manage their budgets better, âsaid Mayor Perkins.
Open registration opens Monday, November 15 for active employees who wish to change their optional benefits for 2022. This will only last for one week.
âI think the decision was the right decision that had to be made. I’m glad they saw that decision made. It was just too late in the game to try to make the changes they were trying to make, âsaid Gary Ralph, a retiree with the Shreveport Fire Department.
Many groups initially expressed their dissatisfaction with the announcement of rising health insurance premiums, particularly the Shreveport Police Officer’s Association. They urged city council to vote against the increase, calling it “unacceptable” and “an insult to those serving during the most dangerous times in our history.”
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