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Mount Carmel: No perk for workers who decline insurance

December 23rd, 2013 10:06 pm by Jeff Bobo

Mount Carmel: No perk for workers who decline insurance

MOUNT CARMEL — The Mount Carmel Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted last week to offer no incentive to city employees who opt out of the health insurance program.

Mayor Larry Frost told the BMA during its Dec. 17 meeting that there are four city employees who opt out of the city’s health insurance program.

In past years, the BMA has offered those workers an extra week of paid vacation due to the savings the town incurs when they decline the insurance benefit.

By not taking the town’s health insurance benefit, those four employees save Mount Carmel $50,414 annually. One week’s pay for each of those four employees adds up to a total of $2,983.

At its December meeting in 2012, however, the board voted for the first time not to offer that week of paid vacation.

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