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Human Resources Committee Report for September 2016

posted Sep 21, 2016, 8:43 AM by Nick Camlin   [ updated Sep 21, 2016, 8:44 AM ]

The Human Resources Committee met on Tuesday morning, September 13, 2016.

We approved the minutes of the August meeting.

We authorized claims and treasurer’s disbursements.

Though I do not have any items to ask you to take action on, there are a few very important updates for you to know about concerning the Human Resources Department and various employee benefit programs.

Mr Clyde introduced Melissa Schmidt and Rosa Torres as the HR Generalist and HR Administrative Assistant, respectively, at Hope Creek.

Last month the Committee heard presentation from representatives of Profile and VIPCO regarding wellness programs for employees. The staff reviewed each program further and found a lack of thorough answers, a high probability of uncertainty and rapid changes, and the potential for time constraints on our staff in implementing such programs. Therefore, the staff recommendation to table further action for at least six months was supported by the Committee.

The Health Insurance Planning Committee reported to the Committee the changes in the County’s health insurance programs. United Healthcare is no longer offering its Premier Plan, which was a popular choice among County employees. The Health Insurance Committee has been tasked with reviewing options for replacing that program and for cutting insurance costs. The new plan incentivizes employees to use UnityPoint Trinity Hospital for inpatient procedures. With the base plan, procedures at UnityPoint Trinity Hospital would have a $0 deductible and any other facility within the network outside of UnityPoint Trinity Hospital would have a $400 deductible. On the optional plan, it will be a $500 deductible with UnityPoint Trinity Hospital and $1,000 outside of UnityPoint Trinity Hospital. The maximum out of pocket cost is $3,000 for an individual and $9,000 for a family. The HR Department will inform County employees of these changes through email, computer presentations, and departmental meetings.

The Committee also heard reports from the County Auditor and the Human Resources Director.