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.