Manchester spends nearly $2.4 million less on health care
City leaders took $1 million from the city’s health insurance reserve account “to balance,” Sanders said.
Claims totaled nearly $17.47 million between July 2012 and June 2013 compared to $19.85 million for the same period a year earlier, according to a report this week from the city’s insurance provider, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire.
City workers paid a higher percentage of the costs for their health insurance premiums, 12.5 percent versus 5 percent the previous year, and saw their office visit co-pays go to $20 from $5, Gile said. Currently, workers pay 15 percent of their premiums.
The report said 3,149 people in an average month were covered under the plan, nearly 4 percent fewer than a year earlier. Gile said that included about 180 retirees under age 65 who paid 100 percent of their premium costs. The school district has its own Anthem plan, she said.
Pharmacy plan costs decreased 14.1 percent, to $3.1 million.
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