North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

December 18, 2013

Gardendale to pay employee's health insurance rate hikes caused by Obamacare

By Melanie Patterson
North Jefferson News

GARDENDALE — The city of Gardendale has agreed to pay health insurance hikes for employees.

Insurance costs will increase about $40 a month for family coverage due to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, according to Mayor Othell Phillips.

He said total insurance costs for city employees are about $1,200 a month for family coverage; employees pay about $500 a month with the city absorbing the remainder of the cost. He added that insurance coverage for an individual is about a third of that cost.

In other business, the council: