County Commissioners Approve Rate Increase For Retirees Health Plans

By: WIBW (Kion Hudson)
By: WIBW (Kion Hudson)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Shawnee County Commissioners voted to raise the insurance rates for retired employees.

County Counselor Rick Eckert told commissioners the rate increase from 115% to120% of what current employees pay is something he struggled with.

Eckert says the retirees cost the county far more than current employees. Two retirees Mike Kilian and Ken Owensby urged commissioners to vote no!

Kilian said, "I don't know how much our insurance is going to go up next year i haven't seen those numbers, but taxing on a extra ten percent adds quite a bit to the load."

And Owensby told commissioners, "I do not believe 40 retirees cost more in medical payments than 800 current employees."

The county's insurance rate for retirees has been at 115 percent since 2009.

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