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Document: Yorkville's Elected Officials Health Insurance Costs

This is what Yorkville provided in response to a Freedom of Information Act request for the city's costs to provide its elected officials health insurance.

Yorkville officials released the attached document Monday afternoon summarizing the city's costs for providing health insurance to its elected officials.

They originally denied a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Yorkville Patch in April seeking the information through April. Yorkville Patch appealed the decision to the state Public Access Counselor, and an attorney there found the information should be released.

Upon hearing the Public Access Counselor's decision, city officials decided to release the information Patch had requested, as well as more recent information requested later.

The document includes the city's portion of the insurance premiums, based on whether aldermen and other elected officials chose to use the city's insurance after it became available to them in May 2007.

The health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) is available to those who chose the city's high-deductible PPO plan, City Administrator Bart Olson said. Under that plan, the employee covers the first $3,500 or $7,000 of health costs per year before the insurance plan kicks in, which results in a much cheaper premium.

When the city started offering that plan in May 2010, it also offered the HRA, Olson said. With the HRA, the city covers much of the deductible on the employee's behalf as it is spent. If the employee doesn't use the full $3,000 or $6,000 that year, the city keeps that money, Olson said.

bill wilson August 09, 2011 at 10:07 PM
DOESNT SURPRISE ME!!
Robyn Sutcliff August 10, 2011 at 03:20 AM
Good job Jillian! Use of our tax money shouldn't be hidden from the taxpayers
The Fighting Fox August 10, 2011 at 05:06 AM
The real crime here is that this was not made an issue until one lone alderman spoke up and brought this issue out of the secrecy of the city council chambers. At no point during the election was this personal benefit ever an issue, not on this site, not in the printed news, not on the radio. It may be trivialized by some since the costs are a small fraction of the entire city budget, but the personal financial gain to the elected officials by having the city pay health benefit premiums for the council members has a huge impact for those individuals involved. It would seem that the financial gain was great enough that the council authorized spending even more of our money on attorney fees trying to keep their enrollment information secret. I don’t know about you but the ability to keep secrets and hiding the truth from taxpayers are not qualities that I admire in my elected officials.
Demagogue Dems August 10, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Simple question to those who actually care. Where the heck have you been for your lifetimes? A few people have been watching and acting for you all at meetings. You are just waking up to reality? I hope you stay awake now and do your duty. This is just one example. Have you looked at the county lately? The State? Our nation? Welcome to doing YOUR civic duty. YOU are the government! You have been lazy and uncaring to what goes on. You have reaped what you deserved. Now the challenge is to clean up the mess. You will find it isn't as easy as you think. Welcome to reality folks! Some of us are just getting tired of carrying you for so long. Stay engaged!

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