Employee health insurance rates rise slightly

By HASKEL BURNS,

Health insurance rates for City of Petal employees will raise slightly, by about $8 per month.

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Petal Board of Aldermen, board members voted to renew employee health insurance with United HealthCare Services at a rate of $696.95 per month per employee family plan. With that rate, which is an increase of about 3 percent over last year, employees’ monthly plans will go up from $20 to $28, with the city covering the rest of the cost.

“Every year, we have to renew our health care insurance for employees,” Mayor Hal Marx said. “This year, it went up 3 percent, which is not really too bad, considering in the past after Obamacare (Affordable Care Act), it went up something like 30 or 40 percent.

“So we’re staying with the same insurance we had – same coverage, same deductible.”

Aldermen also voted to renew employee dental insurance with Sun Life at a rate of $23.71 per month per employee.

In other action Tuesday, board members:

• Voted to request to authorize Dixie Electric to install a street light at the intersection of Springfield Road and Evelyn Gandy Parkway at a cost of $928.74.

•          Voted to request to adopt orders hiring Michael Wheelock and Forrest Cawley full-time at Petal Fire Department at 2nd Class for a rate of $11.75 per hour, effective Aug. 30.

•          Voted to request to adopt an order transferring Bill Holton from part-time to full-time officer at Petal Police Department at a rate of $17.12 per hour.

•          Voted to request to adopt an order hiring Russell Harper in the Senior Center at a rate of $12.36 per hour, effective Aug. 13.

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