April 23, 2014

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Medina employees to get new health carrier

MEDINA — The city is changing its health insurance provider for employees.

City Council voted at a special meeting Monday to end Medina’s contract with Akron-based SummaCare and enter a contract with United Healthcare, based in Hartford, Conn.

The new pact goes into effect Jan. 1.

Mayor Dennis Hanwell said the switch will save the city about $172,000 next year.

He said that if the city had stayed with SummaCare, premiums would have increased by about 22 percent. With the switch in providers, premiums will increase by about 13 percent, he said.

The city pays 92 percent of the policy premiums and employees pay 8 percent.

The mayor said 124 full-time city employees participate in the insurance program. Part-time employees are not eligible for coverage.

Council President John Coyne said that because many of the employees are represented by unions, the coverage offered by United Healthcare had to be “substantially the same” as that provided by SummaCare.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.