Phone: (314) 843-0102
Fax: (314) 843-0508
flag image

MFPD board eyes OK of '13 health benefits

Medical insurance premium could increase by 8.8 percent

November 07, 2012 - Employee health benefits for 2013 were scheduled to be considered this week by the Mehlville Fire Protection District Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors was scheduled to meet Wednesday — Nov. 7 — after the Call went to press.

USI Insurance President Dean Eggerding presented his company's recommendations to the board at its meeting last week.

For the fire district's health insurance, Eggerding recommended Coventry out of five companies: Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the district's current carrier; Aetna; UnitedHealthcare; and Cigna.

Coventry is "really, by far, the most competitive," Eggerding told the board Oct. 29.

Coventry's annual premium total for combined plans totals $1,055,179, $85,348 — 8.8 percent — more than what the district currently pays.

Anthem's current annual premium for combined plans totals $969,831. For 2013, Anthem proposed a 19.5-percent increase — to $1,158,949 — for its premium.

Anthem's current plan includes:

• $3,000 deductible for a single individual or $6,000 for a family.

• $3,000 out-of-pocket for a single individual, or $6,000 for a family.

• 0-percent deductible for inpatient hospital, outpatient surgery, primary care/specialist office visit, preventive services, emergency room, urgent care and prescription drugs — 31 days.

• 100-percent preventive services.

The proposed Coventry plan includes:

• $3,000 deductible for a single individual, or $6,000 for a family.

• $3,500 out-of-pocket for a single individual, or $7,000 for a family.

• 100-percent preventive services.

• 0-percent deductible for emergency room and urgent care.

• $12, $30 or $55 for prescription drugs — 31 days.

For dental insurance, Eggerding recommended Delta Dental, which proposed an annual premium of $120,990.

Delta Dental would decrease the cost by $2,012, or 1.64 percent, compared to the district's current provider, Humana, whose annual premium totals $122,911.

"The dental market is still pretty aggressive and basically we have Humana out there at (an) 11-percent increase," Eggerding said. "We don't have a firm number if they're going to come down significantly from their renewal. However, we have an extremely competitive bid from Delta Dental."

For vision insurance, Eggerding said MFPD's current provider, Humana, which is "still, by far, the lowest bidder," is "definitely the way to go."

Humana offers a $10 co-pay for eye exams, $15 co-pays for single lenses, bifocal lenses and trifocal lenses, a $50 allowance for frames and a $150 allowance for contact lenses. The annual premium totals $16,017.

For basic life, accidental death and dismemberment, or AD&D, and long-term disability, or LTD, Eggerding recommended Unum. The fire district has used Standard for many years, according to Eggerding, but Unum put a "very aggressive bid out there on the package."

"The life would go up, the LTD would come down significantly, basically to a net savings of just over $13,000," he said. "... As you guys probably remember, we made some subtle changes a few years ago to enhance that contract, and Unum has pretty much agreed to match it word for word anything that's in there. So there's no holes, basically."

Tags: Mehlville Fire Protection News

  • Related Editorial
    Impact News
    Local meeting guide 2014
    Jan 08 2014
    Our Town
    Green Park mayor slams library review
    County review finds no fault on part of any library officials
    Jul 23 2014
    Green Park Mayor Bob Reinagel said so much is inaccurate in a “ridiculous” county review of the Tesson Ferry Branch Library move that he did not know where to begin talking about it....
    Impact News
    Review concludes Tesson Ferry Library move done with full input from public
    County review finds no fault on part of any library officials
    Jul 23 2014
    A county review of the Tesson Ferry Branch Library move concluded St. Louis County Library officials made a cost-saving decision to move the library with full input from the public, and that any residents ...
    Impact News
    Financial condition of MFPD remains strong
    Tax rate is lowest in county for eighth consecutive year
    Jul 09 2014
    The financial condition of the Mehlville Fire Protection remains strong, with its net position increasing by nearly $1.1 million during fiscal 2013....
    Our Town
    MFPD celebrates 60th anniversary
    Jun 11 2014
    The Mehlville Fire Protection District celebrated its 60th anniversary Saturday with an open house at Engine House No. 3, 4811 S. Lindbergh Blvd. The gala featured tours and demonstrations. Among those ...
Site Search

Type in your zip code and click "Go" to get your 7-day forecast.