City officials said they will save more than $6 million next year on health-care costs for less than a quarter of its employees, without increasing worker contributions or "significant" benefit changes.
In an announcement clearly directed at the city's four major municipal unions now working without a contract, the city today at 2 p.m. will notify 5,000 employees not represented by unions - as well as 1,900 union workers who participate in the city-run health care program - that benefits will change beginning Jan. 1.
The city will save nearly $6.3 million by re-bidding medical, prescription, dental and vision programs, by going to a self-insured plan, and reducing some health benefits. Those changes to health benefits include increased co-pays for specialists in some programs, and increased out-of-pocket limits in all programs. The changes will mean no increase in contributions for those employees.
There are 29,000 total employees in the city.