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December 21, 2017 Riverside council votes to change health insurance for 2018
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RIVERSIDE

Riverside Mayor Allen Schneider’s use of a rare veto necessitated a special Dec. 18 meeting to finalize the city’s health insurance plans for 2018.

The city had previously agreed to a new plan incorporating a health savings account, due to the fact that the plan the city had previously used was going to more than double the expense due to rate increases and an additional family plan.

When passing the previous plan, a 14 percent increase in premiums, the city had also dropped the city’s contribution from 95 percent for singles and 90 percent for families to 75 percent. The result, when paired with the fact that the resolutions weren’t passed with enough time for employees to shop for better deals, was ballooning premiums.

It was after this feedback that Schneider used his veto power to discuss editing the resolution. Some city employees took time to comment on the effect of the changes. Bryan Lenz, of streets and parks, went from $209 a month contribution to more than that coming out per paycheck. Lenz said, if he would have had proper notification, he would have been able to find a cheaper plan.

Utility clerk Becky LaRoche said her contribution went from $20 to $140.

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