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Legislation #: 080822 Introduction Date: 8/14/2008
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 8/21/2008
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS SHARP, GOTTSTEIN, CIRCO, HERMANN, FORD, CURLS, SANDERS BROOK, JOHNSON AND JOLLY
Title: Authorizing the establishment of a committee to study options for providing health insurance and other related benefits to City employees and retirees and other public employees in Kansas City.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
8/13/2008 Filed by the Clerk's office
8/14/2008 Referred to Finance and Audit Committee
8/20/2008 Immediate Adoption as a Committee Substitute
8/21/2008 Adopted as Substituted

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR RESOLUTION NO. 080822

 

Authorizing the establishment of a committee to study options for providing health insurance and other related benefits to City employees and retirees and other public employees in Kansas City.

 

WHEREAS, the City of Kansas City continues to confront escalating insurance and benefits costs, particularly health insurance costs; and

 

WHEREAS, the City has limited resources with which to provide these important benefits to its employees and retirees and has a fiduciary responsibility to provide these benefits in the most cost-effective way possible; and

 

WHEREAS, the City Council, City administration and City employees and retirees (and the unions that represent such employees and retirees) all have a significant interest in these benefits and the manner in which such benefits are provided; and

 

WHEREAS, the City has approached providing these benefits in the same manner over many years, without being successful in significantly impacting substantially rising insurance costs; and

 

WHEREAS, the City Council believes that new and different approaches should be considered for providing these benefits, including the possibility of jointly acquiring coverage for employees and retirees of the City, the Kansas City Police Department and the Metropolitan Ambulance Services Trust; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the City Manager is hereby directed to establish and convene a Benefits and Insurance Committee (Committee) within 30 days of passage of this resolution which will be charged with studying the process by which the City provides health insurance, all other insurance and additional benefits to its employees and retirees. The Committee shall be made up the following members:

 

a. Two City administrators, including an Assistant City Manager and the City Budget Officer;

 

b. Two representatives of Local 500 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (including 1 retiree);

 

c. Two representatives of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 42 (including 1 retiree);

 

d. Two representatives of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3808 (including 1 retiree);

e. Two representatives of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 99 (including 1 retiree);

 

f. One representative of the Kansas City Police Department;

 

g. One representative of the Board of Police Commissioners;

 

h. One representative of the Metropolitan Ambulance Services Trust;

 

i. Two representatives of the City Council; namely, Councilman John Sharp and Councilwoman Beth Gottstein, who shall serve as chairwoman of the Committee.

 

Section 2. That as part of this study, the Committee shall examine the establishment of procedures to collect and analyze demographic data, claims experience and other relevant data for the employees and retirees participating in the Citys insurance plans. The Committee also shall study options for improving the Citys insurance and benefits programs for employees and retirees from both a coverage and financial perspective.

 

Section 3. That the Committee shall use its best efforts to complete its study within one hundred (100) days of being established, however, an extension of time may be granted if needed. The Committee should report monthly to the Finance and Audit Committee regarding its progress. Upon completion of its study, the Committee shall make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council and to the City Manager regarding how the City should provide and administer health insurance and benefits to its employees and retirees. These recommendations should include whether or not the City should establish a permanent committee or other new structure to administer and/or oversee health insurance and benefits, whether or not the City should pursue developing a self-funded program, and whether or not the City should endeavor to create a jointly administered program with the Kansas City Police Department and the Metropolitan Ambulance Services Trust.

 

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