Youngstown city employees get new health insurance plan

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Nearly 700 employees of the city of Youngstown will be seeing some changes to their health insurance starting Friday.

On Thursday morning, the Board of Control approved a new agreement with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to cover city workers and their families for the next 12 months. A 17-member commission of labor and managers worked to put the package together after looking over proposals from a number of insurance providers before settling on Anthem.

“There is going to be three different plans offered to the employees, as well as four different tiers of coverage. And so that gives the maximum amount of choice. There will be some deductibles, but you will have a choice,” Youngstown Law Director Marty Hume said.

The Law Director said the new plan should save the city about $800,000 this year.

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