Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced a new health care plan for City of Pittsburgh employees that will result in a savings for city taxpayers of $17 million over the next three years. The plan entails going to a single source health care provider and implementing a City-wide wellness plan for employees.
"We are continually searching for ways to deliver the best health care programs to City employees at the lowest possible cost," said Mayor Ravenstahl. "This new approach involves both implementing programs and initiatives that can improve the quality of health care, and finding the best providers to administer the City plans. Our goal is to better address the needs of all employees and family members, no matter what their health status."
One of those initiatives is to develop a comprehensive, City-wide wellness program called CityFit - Wellness at Work. "After working over the past 6 months with all City departments, we've developed the wellness at work program to promote good health among City employees," said City Personnel Director Barb Trant. "The objective of the program is to keep City employees healthy, so that their quality of life improves and health care costs are controlled. Plans are to roll out several components of the program later this year, and to expand the program in future years."
"We took a proactive and innovative approach to providing employee health care," said Mayor Ravenstahl. "We looked for a strong wellness partner that could provide the resources to operate a high quality wellness program, offer a competitive financial arrangement that would help us contain health costs and still provide broad access to providers, strong member service and access tools and resources for members to become better health care consumers. All three of the City's current health carriers - Highmark, HealthAmerica and UPMC - were extremely cooperative throughout this entire process; they complied fully with our request for proposal, and for that I thank them."
"We took competitive bids from local health care providers," said Trant. "This is something the City needs to do every three or four years to make sure we are getting the best possible financial deal for both the City and the employees who pay a portion of the plan cost. A key part of the selection criteria was to identify the health plan that can best help the City implement and administer the wellness program."
"After a very thorough analysis, the City chose Highmark as the administrator of the City health care programs. Highmark put together the strongest financial proposal," said Trant. "They also put forward a strong proposal to help the City manage the wellness program. We believe working with one vendor will allow us to better achieve our financial objectives and to better implement and coordinate the wellness program."
"This is a win-win situation," said the Mayor. "Not only will we have a comprehensive health care plan and wellness program for our employees, but we will reinvest a portion of the savings into health and wellness, and to hold down employee contributions."
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
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