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City of Hudson is trying again to lower health insurance costs

Associated Financial Group will attempt to find a health insurance plan for Hudson city workers that is less expensive than the one now provided through the State Group Health Insurance Program.

The City Council approved a six-month contract with the multi-line insurance agency, a subsidiary of Associated Banc-Corp, at its June 2 meeting.

The city will pay Associated Financial $6,000 for consulting services over a six-month period.

The goal is for the company to, by mid-September, present the city with an alternative insurance plan that would save tax dollars.

Alderman Alan Burchill, who owns an insurance agency, suggested that the savings might be $200,000 or more annually.

Health insurance premiums for the 73 city employees eligible for benefits will cost the city about $1.3 million in 2008. Willi said $800,000 of that comes from the property tax levy and about $500,000 is funded through water and sewer charges.

For more information see the June 12 edition of the Star-Observer.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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