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File #: 43374    Version: Name: Conducting a review of the equity of health care costs charged to local government and public employees.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 6/15/2016 In control: BOARD OF ESTIMATES (ended 4/2017)
On agenda: 7/5/2016 Final action: 7/5/2016
Enactment date: 7/8/2016 Enactment #: RES-16-00504
Title: ALTERNATE - Requesting a briefing on health care costs charged to local governments and public employees in Dane County.
Sponsors: Sara Eskrich, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Amanda Hall, Matthew J. Phair, David Ahrens
Attachments: 1. 7/5/16 Health Care Memo/Ald. Sara Eskrich.pdf, 2. CA-PPI - MBare testimony on Madison City Council Resolution 43374.pdf, 3. 7/5/16 Jaffery Letter UW Health.pdf, 4. 43374 Alternate v. 2.pdf, 5. 43374 Version 1.pdf, 6. 43374 Common Charges UW Health.pdf

Fiscal Note

No appropriation required at this time. 

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ALTERNATE - Requesting a briefing on health care costs charged to local governments and public employees in Dane County.

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WHEREAS, health insurance represents a dramatically growing element of public and private sector costs, currently representing over 17% of our nation’s economy, and;

 

WHEREAS, local government, tax payers, and public employees have had to allocate scarce resources toward those rising costs, and;

 

WHEREAS, state property tax levy limits and severe constraints on local control leave limited resources to adequately compensate employees and address high benefit costs, and;

 

WHEREAS, public employee unions and associations and their employee memberships have worked tirelessly for decades to secure access to affordable health care for all, and;

 

WHEREAS, the Common Council is interested in policy options available to local governments to help control health insurance costs while maintaining quality benefits for employees,

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Madison Common Council requests that the appropriate city staff collaborate with local health policy experts to provide a briefing for the Council, Mayor, and all other interested parties to review current Dane County Medicare payments trends affecting local health insurance costs and propose ways to secure immediate and long-term relief for the City of Madison, its tax payers, and its public employees.