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Common Council Moves Forward on Single Health Plan

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Common Council is moving forward with a proposal to develop a single health care plan that would cover all city employees. Mayor Masiello says developing a single plan would save the cash-strapped city millions of dollars and would help avert at least some employee layoffs.

Tuesday, the Council passed a resolution sponsored by Majority Leader Marc Coppola to seek proposals from health insurers. But first, Coppola said the city must determine what it wants.

"I don't see why would shouldn't formulate our own policy of what we want to offer employees, have the unions on board at the same time, and send that out to bid," Coppola said. "We will then ask companies how they can provide those benefits and at what cost. At that point, we will get the best price for our health care insurance for all our employees.

Coppola's bill calls on the City Commissioner of Human Resources to work with an independent consultant to help craft a health care benefits package.