V.I. government employees to see changes in insurance premiums, deductibles
Published: September 3, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - Government employees may have to reach a little deeper into their pockets to pay for their health care.
Government officials met with officials from the Health Insurance Board of Trustees as well as from the Government Employees Service Commission last week to discuss hikes in government employees' deductibles.
The government is expected to renew its health insurance plan, which is managed by CIGNA, before Fiscal Year 2014 begins Oct. 1, but it is expected to be renewed with a few changes.
For one, employees younger than 65 may have deductibles that could be several hundred dollars higher. However, the premium is expected to be lower, though a government press release issued last week did not say how much lower.
Additionally, there is currently no cost to insurers for emergency care visits, though it will cost $50 per visit under the new plan.
Some of the senators expressed concerns about whether the changes were in the best interest of government employees, and what information was motivating the changes.
In testimony before the 30th Legislature's Committee of the Whole last week, Clemmie Moses, chairwoman of the GESC Health Insurance Board, and V.I. Personnel Director Kenneth Hermon Jr. both said the changes would be positive in the long term.
The proposed changes to the plan are expected to go into effect Oct. 1.
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