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File #: 191938    Version:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 4/14/2020 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/27/2020
Effective date:    
Title: Substitute resolution authorizing the Department of Employee Relations to issue a request for proposal for Stop Loss Insurance for the City’s medical and prescription health plan.
Sponsors: THE CHAIR
Indexes: HEALTH INSURANCE
Attachments: 1. Cover Letter, 2. Hearing Notice List

Number

191938

Version

SUBSTITUTE 1

Reference

 

Sponsor

THE CHAIR

 

Title

Substitute resolution authorizing the Department of Employee Relations to issue a request for proposal for Stop Loss Insurance for the City’s medical and prescription health plan.

 

Analysis

This resolution authorizes the Department of Employee Relations to issue a request for proposal for stop loss insurance. Following the request for proposal process, the Department of Employee Relations will provide the Finance and Personnel Committee with a recommendation for a stop loss insurance carrier.

 

Body

Whereas, The City of Milwaukee provides health care and prescription drug benefits to eligible employees and retirees and the City continues to self-insure those health plans; and

 

Whereas, There is risk to self-insured entities such as the City because health and pharmacy plan experience can be volatile causing annual expenditures to significantly vary; and

 

Whereas, Volatility results from variations in normal utilization levels as well as the number of individuals who experience large aggregate medical and pharmacy expenses in any one year and the costs associated with those claims; and

 

Whereas, The City established and maintained a health care reserve fund to protect the health care budget from expenditure variations and due to significant claim volatility the reserve fund has been depleted over the last two years; and

 

Whereas, The City has seen an increase in the number of high cost claims reaching and exceeding $1.0 million or more on an annual basis; and

 

Whereas, Stop loss insurance coverage provides an additional layer of protection to self-insured plans by covering costs for catastrophic claims exceeding predetermined levels; and

 

Whereas, Stop loss insurance augments the City’s health care reserve fund and prevents the City from assuming total liability for expenditures arising from extremely high medical and pharmacy claims; and

 

Whereas, It is in the City’s best interest to conduct a request for proposal process to obtain competitive rates for stop loss insurance coverage; and

 

Whereas, The Department of Employee Relations will retain the services of Gallagher Benefits Services, Inc. the City’s benefits consultant, to lead the request for proposal process; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, By the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee that the Department of Employee Relations is authorized to issue a request for proposal for stop loss insurance coverage for the City’s medical and prescription health plan; and, be it

 

Further Resolved, That following the request for proposal process, the Department of Employee Relations shall provide the Finance and Personnel Committee with a recommendation for a stop loss insurance carrier.

 

Requester

Department of Employee Relations

 

Drafter

Renee Joos

05/14/2020