Health Insurance Plan for Jackson’s City Employees Likely to Change to Southeast

All indications are that all city employees in Jackson will be offered a new health insurance plan for the New Year in which physicians at SoutheastHealth will be the providers of choice and the Saint Francis Health System will be out of network. Members of the Jackson Board of Aldermen recently evaluated the health insurance options that were available to take the place of the city’s current plan being offered by United Healthcare and they have proposed a 20.9% premium increase beginning in January. This would raise Jackson’s yearly health insurance price from nearly $1.5 million to just more than $1.8 million. Officials say UHC has offered a revised plan that includes a deductible that is more expensive and out-of-pocket maximums, but this plan that was proposed would cost the city around 11% more – than the current plan. Both Saint Francis and SoutheastHealth turned in proposals for  Jackson’s s health plan, but the aldermen’s members showed a preference for the Southeast plan after finding out some providers they thought would be part of St. Francis’s plan were out of network. Members of the city Jackson’s administrative staff are expected to make a set recommendation on the city’s medical insurance plan at the board’s next meeting.

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