News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 7, 2012
City manager and police chief announce significant progress toward unified health plan
City and Police Department work toward common goal that increases access while saving taxpayer money
City of Kansas City, Mo., City Manager Troy Schulte and Police Chief Darryl Forté announced Tuesday, Feb. 7 that significant progress has been made toward unifying the City employee and Police Department’s health plans. The consolidated plan under consideration will maintain excellent medical benefits for the men and women of the Police Department, while achieving greater economies for the City’s self-funded health insurance trust, which has already achieved significant financial savings for taxpayers.
Under the plan, Police Department employees and retirees will continue many of their existing low or no co-pay health services and will see reductions in other costs. In addition to maintaining current popular programs and expanding access, Police Department employees will have the opportunity to select plans that could reduce their personal co-pays and premium payments.
“I am pleased everyone has worked well together to move this consolidation plan forward. I appreciate the Police Department’s willingness to continue to negotiate in good faith toward a goal that is good for the entire city,” said City Manager Schulte. “While there are still details to be worked out, the genuine desire to work as a single team in service to the taxpayers of Kansas City is perhaps even more important than monetary savings the consolidation could garner.”
Chief Forté added, “We are one city. We serve the families who call Kansas City home with the best of our abilities, whether with a badge or a wrench, in a squad car or utility truck. Our common goal, at both Police Headquarters and City Hall, is to make Kansas City the safest community in America. These discussions and unified effort to consolidate health care plans make good fiscal sense for both the employees of the Police Department and the taxpayers of Kansas City.”
Negotiations are ongoing with an agreement to be presented to the Board of Police Commissioners and City Council in the near future.