COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Big news regarding the City of Columbus' employee health insurance plan.
The Columbus City Council formally approved the plan in a meeting early on Tuesday on a 6-2 vote. The plan supplies a 2 percent cost of living adjustment to cover the cost of the healthcare increase.
"We are committed to continuing the conversation about how to lower healthcare cost and how to adjust pay for our lower income employees at Grade 6-11 pay levels," Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said in a statement on Tuesday.
City officials say there are only 86 out of nearly 2,500 employees that will not come out better due to the cost of living pay adjustment. The city pays 70 percent of each employee's healthcare cost.
"We are making strides in lowering our healthcare cost and have a 7 percent cost increase this year, which is within the national average for healthcare costs," Tomlinson said. "We offer two separate healthcare plans with many options within each plan so the employees can pick the plan best for them and their families. "
There is a 2 percent pay adjustment for all employees that largely covers any increase in healthcare costs.