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Health care changes for city workers

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The city of Columbus is making some changes to health care for city workers.

City council approved to raise a balanced plan of the premiums, deductibles and co-pays Tuesday morning.

HMOs will have a slightly less increase in deductibles and co-pays will stay the same under the compromised plan.

Some council members were concerned over where the money would come from if it didn't come from adjusting deductibles and so forth.

"Council did go ahead to decide to raise a balanced plan of the premiums, deductibles and co-pays," said Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. "There was a compromised plan to further reduce the amount we would get from employees, and that did pass, and it was a very close vote."

Columbus is self-funded and administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield. The cost of healthcare is $24 million a year with a yearly increase of about $2 million.

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