6:59am

Wed July 13, 2011
Science/Health

LEX Grapples With Health Care Costs

 Lexington's 3,064 insured city employees are on track to consume roughly 32 million dollars in health care this year. That's over four million dollars more than the same coverage would have cost just three years ago. Consultants also say Urban County Government has consistently underestimated the "true cost" of health care, offering more generous benefits than 99% of all public and private health insurance programs while incurring a 33-million dollar shortfall over the past three years.

Pam Brandenburg, president of the non-union Civil Service Employees Association, took the council to task Tuesday for considering benefits changes for departments that have already absorbed deep cuts.

A complete report is expected September 1st. The council hopes to have a new, less expensive insurance plan in place by the beginning of 2012.