Virginia Beach considers major changes due to new health care law

Virginia Beach considers major changes due to new health care law

Virginia Beach considers major changes due to new health care law

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 12:46 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH-- Major changes could come for city and school employees’ health care plans in order to comply with the Affordable Care Act. 

“We are going to have to make some huge changes. It’s nothing we prefer to do, but unfortunately it’s the law of the land,” school board chair Dan Edwards said.

Tuesday the city council and school board will hear a presentation on all options for employee health care coverage.

Board member Joel McDonald noted everything is on the table, including cutting health care benefits for retirees not eligible for Medicare. “Here is a possible option, but I don’t think anyone is seriously looking to do that. I think everyone is one the same page to make sure we are providing the benefits we have promised to people.”

Edwards remarked that school employees could see their copays and deductibles rise. “Some of the things we do now are considered Cadillac policies and we could be penalized if we don’t change.”

City spokesperson Marc Davis explained the presentation will begin at 3:30 p.m Tuesday., and it’s just the beginning of discussions. “The benefits committee is reporting out recommendations and options for different plans in 2015, so the council and board can start talking about them for the FY15 budget.”

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