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Legislation #: 100550 Introduction Date: 7/1/2010
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 7/11/2010
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER GOTTSTEIN AND COUNCILMEMBER SHARP
Title: Directing the City Manager to execute the necessary documents enabling the City to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program.

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7/1/2010 Filed by the Clerk's office
7/1/2010 Immediate Adoption
7/1/2010 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 100550

 

Directing the City Manager to execute the necessary documents enabling the City to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program.

WHEREAS, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010; and

 

WHEREAS, among the provisions of the Act is the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program designed to assist employers and retired employees to control healthcare costs in the years prior to a retiree’s eligibility for Medicare; and

 

WHEREAS, The City has taken preemptive steps to improve the available healthcare of its employees and retirees while controlling the City’s costs through the establishment of a self-funded healthcare trust; and

 

WHEREAS, Committee Substitute for Ordinance 090911 enacted the framework by which the Healthcare System Trust operates, effective May 1, 2010; and

 

WHEREAS, by using a self-funded system it is believed that healthcare costs can be better controlled by the City as an employer resulting in both lower costs to the City, its employees and retirees and improved benefits; and

 

WHEREAS, the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program will now accept applications for participation in the program; NOW, THEREFORE

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the City Manager is directed to execute the necessary documents with the City’s health care claims manager, Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Kansas City, to enable the City to promptly file an application for funding under the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program.

 

Section 2. That the City Manager is directed to submit an application for funding under the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program for the purpose of reimbursing the City and/or its retirees for their costs for health care insurance and other benefits.

 

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