Missoula's city health plan struggles with soaring expenses

Missoula City Budget Committee wrestles with soaring health insurance costs

Missoula's city budget committee met Wednesday, and there's a problem with the city's health plan.

In 2017 cost of the self-funded plan went up 5 percent. This year it's worse -- the city's self-funded plan is looking at a 19.9-percent increase.

Committee members were told as it sits now, the health plan is not sustainable.

Chief Administrative Officer Dale Bickell told the committee there are options. The city could increase taxpayer support, cut benefits, raise deductibles or increase premiums.

Bickell said most options would have collective bargaining implications.

The budget committee is now waiting for input from the employee benefit committee.

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