Meetings to explain city benefits

Columbus city administrators are to hold their second in a series of three meetings to explain healthcare coverage to city retirees at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Gallops Senior Center, 1212 15th St.

The health insurance plan covers more than 600 retired city workers. A third meeting at the same time and location will be held Feb. 26.

Supplemented by the city, the Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage is based on the Medicare Advantage Plan. City Human Resources Director Tom Barron said the insurer has recalculated the coverage plan for a maximum of $500 in out-of-pocket expenses annually, and with that, the monthly premium would be $101 a month, of which the retiree would pay $75.75 and the city would pay $25.25.

That option was presented to 163 retirees who attended the first meeting Feb. 7, and 154 said they would prefer that plan, Barron said. "The vast majority, almost unanimously, wanted to go with that one," he said.