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Cookeville Moves From Self-Insured Health Insurance

/ The Upper Cumberland's News Leader
Cookeville Moves From Self-Insured Health Insurance

Cookeville City Council voted Thursday night to move from a self-insured health insurance plan to being insured by an outside vendor.

The plan expected to save the city over $1 million on its next fiscal year spending. Finance Director Brenda Imel said rising medical costs as well as the the increasing complexity of the system made the decision the right one.

Imel said projections showed staying self-insured could cost the city $7.9 million in the new fiscal year. The Blue Cross Blue Shield option included a total price tag of $6.7 million. The city also ran numbers with two other insurance companies.

The employee structure will stay the same with deductibles, using Network S.

“That will have little impact on our employees,” Imel said.

Imel said the city can go back to being self-insured in the future.

In other business, the council voted to reappoint Jim Martin and Charles Sandlin for six-year terms on the Cookeville Industrial Development Board. Both men had terms expiring in May.

The second reading of the ordinance change for campgrounds and RV parks receive unanimous approval. Council made changes to the ordinance during its last meeting to further focus on tourism goals of the ordinance.


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