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PA to self insure for employee health coverage

October 7th, 2013 - 6:08am

(Port Angeles) The Port Angeles City Council this week agreed to participate in the self-insurance program of the Association of Washington Cities.

The City has purchased health insurance from A-W-C for the past 20 years.

It has included medical, dental, vision, life insurance and long-term disability coverage.

A-W-C will become self-insured in January 2014, and each member city of the trust must approve an Interlocal Agreement authorizing participation in the self-insured program.

One of the immediate advantages of becoming self-insured is a projected zero percent increase for those covered by the Trust's Medical, Dental and Vision self-insured plans for 2014.

It will be a one-time saving, but becoming self-insured provides much more control over the financial aspects of health care administration, reserve funding and purchase of necessary stop-loss coverage.

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