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City Council Minutes

November 20. 2007

City of Johnson
Minutes of Special Council Meeting
November 20. 2007

 


Mayor Lonnie Barron called the council meeting to order at 5:03 PM.
Present were Aldermen Melissa Tomlinson, Bill Burnett. Buddy Curry. Tom Bramfett, Bob Fant and Clay Dodson. Also
present were Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Alien, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield, and Building Official Matt Bailey.
Mayor Barron introduced RESOLUTION 2O07-08: A RESOLUTION PURSUANT TO ORDINANCE 2007-14 OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON. ARKANSAS, SETTING AND DETERMiNING FEES FOR VARIOUS PERMITS, RE-INSPECTIONS, PERMIT
EXTENSIONS, AS WELL AS PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE CITY PLANNING COMMISSION AND/OR CITY COUNCIL.
Mayor Barron stated Ordinance 2007-14 allows the setting of these fees by resolution. Melissa Tomlinson asked if
these figures were In line with other cities and Mayor Barron said yes. Mayor Barron asked for a motion to read the
Resolution by title only. Tom Bramlett made a motion to read the resolution by title only and was seconded by Buddy
Curry. All approved. Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen read the resolution by title only. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson,
yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Tom Bramlett; yes; Bob Fant, yes; Ctey Dodson, yes. RESOLUTION 2007-08 was approved.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen introduced Rob Armstrong and Steve Haliey of Armstrong alley Insurance to
discuss employee hearth insurance options. Armstrong stated as independent agents, they look at many companies
- and try to find benefits needed at a good price point Armstrong stated inflation on healthcare is 8 to 11%. Armstrong
stated insurance carriers try to get back high costs paid out and this was a good time for the cfly to be looking at
different carriers. Armstrong stated that firm rates could not be determined untii all the applications were turned into
underwriting so tonight all hecouid do is discuss benefits. Armstrong stated some of the concerns with Municipal
Health Benefit Fund (MHBF) coverage were the annual maximum payout of $25O,OOO, which could be a problem if there were a critical illness, lifetime maximum of $1,000,000, and $1OO,OOO llmfton an organ transplant Armstrong
stated the annual and lifetime maximums with United Healthcare (UH) were both $5,000,000, and the recently had an
insured who had a liver transplant that cost $400,000. Looking at both plans, the deductible and out of pocket were
the same. Armstrong stated UH offered office co-pays of $20.OO for primary and $40 for specialists with no
deductible, no co-insurance; MHBF office visits were subject to deductible. Wellness benefit for MHBF for insu reds
over 45; free annual wellness visit regardless of age with UH.
Armstrong asked for questions from the employees:
Bob Fant wanted to know if shots/lab work were included in $20 co-pay? Armstrong stated in wellness visits they are.
What about pre-existing conditions? Armstrong stated If you have coverage now, there are no pre existing conditions.
Steve Hailey stated it is state law that pregnancy cannot be considered a pre-existing condition. Which Hospitals in the
area accept UH? Washington Regional and NW Medical Center, Armstrong will find out about Mercy. Jacqueline
Brookshier ask if they were In network and Armstrong said yes. Bob Fant wanted to know if his doctor was not on the
plan how hard would It be to get them approved. Armstrong stated they would have to show their credentials.
Armstrong stated BC/BS and UH have 98% of in network, If not In network the deductible doubles, but he can easily
check on any doctor. Jesse Mackey wanted to know if he would be covered if he had to go to the hospital while on
vacation . Armstrong stated any emergency was not out of network. UH has 7O million Ins-ureds in the US, has a
national network and are recommended by AARP. Jacqueline Brookshier asked about co-insurance, which is now
90/10 after deductible. Armstrong stated UH was 80/20 of $ 1O,OOO and 1OO% after that Betty Whittaker asked about prescriptions and diabetic supplies stating she could get a 90-day prescription for the same amount as a 30-day
prescription at a local pharmacy, and the diabetic supply people cat I her every 3 months and refill alt her supplies at no
cost to her. Rachel Duck stated a new insulin pump is paid for whenever the warranty expires on the one she's using.
Armstrong stated he would check. Betty Whittaker wanted to know if she had to have generics instead of the name
brand Hailey told her all her doctor had to do was mark no substitutions on the form when writing a name brand
prescription. Armstrong stated he would get back with Jennifer first thing, in the morning with answers to these
questions.
With no rates available, there was nothing to vote on and Mayor Barren adjourned the meeting at 6:00 PM.