May 15, 2014 7:44 AM by AP
Denham Springs officials say health insurance claims, coupled with mandates from the Affordable Care Act, will cost the city an extra $14,000 per month in health insurance premiums next fiscal year.
Under a new health insurance plan the city council approved this week, officials say monthly premiums for employee-only coverage will rise from $486 to $565 per month.
Mayor Jimmy Durbin says the city covers 100 percent of the employee-only rate,
The Advocate reports employees who select employee-plus-one or family coverage are responsible for paying the difference between those rates and the employee-only cost covered by the city.
Durbin says the monthly premiums are rising despite the council's decision to stay with Blue Cross but switch to a health maintenance organization plan that includes higher deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums.