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Phone: 360.337.4598

Date: October 24, 2007
Contact: Clarence Moriwaki
Phone: (360) 337-4481
No. 07-

Kitsap County reaches historic agreement to save more than $830,000 in health costs in 2008

PORT ORCHARD, WA—Thanks to an unprecedented collaboration of labor and management, Kitsap County will see a savings of at least $836,698 in medical benefit plans, reducing the projected 18.8% cost increase in 2008 to a no – zero percent – increase.

“On behalf of Kitsap County taxpayers, we’re grateful for hard teamwork by our county’s labor groups and management on the Medical Benefits Board who joined forces and found constructive ways to rein in the rising cost of health insurance,” Board of Commissioners Chair Josh Brown said. “While we still face challenges to the county budget, this is a very positive step that we’re on the right track to get our fiscal house in order.”

“In my 20 years of experience in government, I don’t remember any other time when the unions stepped right up to the plate and helped develop such a positive solution,” North Kitsap County Commissioner Steve Bauer said. “My hat is off to everyone for doing such a terrific job working together for the county and our taxpayers.”

The Board of Commissioners approved the recommended 2008 medical plan changes from the county's Medical Benefits Board that include: an added spousal surcharge of $25 per month if that spouse has medical coverage available through their employer; slightly higher co-payments; a payment of $100 per month payment for employees who waive their medical coverage; a new deductible for the Group Health plan; and premiums paid by employees through payroll deduction will remain the same for 2008.

There are 18 labor bargaining units that represent county employees, with 16 agreeing to the new medical plan, and county is still in discussion with the two remaining unions.

The Board of Commissioners presented representatives of the Medical Benefits Board with a certificate of appreciation featuring a quote from Henry Ford: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

To contact the Kitsap County Public Information Officer, 
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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014