City officials in Webb City switch to a self-funded insurance program.
The city administrator says for years employees have faced double digit increases in insurance rates. But under the new program, the city will have more control and will use a third party administrator to negotiate hospital and doctor visit rates.
The city says the switch could save the city an average of $98,000 per year.
Money would be kept in a fund with a future goal of lowering rates for spouses and children of city employees.
"We've done things like increase deductibles, co-pays, change out of pocket expenses, we've done all those things," says City Administrator Carl Francis. "We're at a point now - don't want to lower the benefits lower than we have now. We want to offer quality insurance benefits to employees and everybody knows good health care provides a good employee."