City of Shreveport to make changes to retiree insurance policies

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – Retired and current city employees made their voices heard at the City of Shreveport Health Care Trust Fund meeting on Wednesday, August 17.

The City holds this meeting every year, establishing health care plans for active and retired employees.

“The most important thing we want people to know is that the goal is to bring savings to employees and the employer,” said Kasey Brown, acting chief financial officer.

Some retirees have expressed concerns about how the potential changes could affect their insurance.

“We have concerns about cost and availability, keeping our doctors. So this is a hot topic for us because a lot of firefighters and police officers have a long history of health issues based on work-related issues,” said retired Shreveport firefighter Mark Connella.

“I think that’s unfair. I think that’s turning the back on city workers to maybe save a dime and we’re not going to tolerate that,” said retired Shreveport firefighter Bernie Piro.

Brown said no plans are set in stone yet as to what plans will be offered.

“Today, we were essentially establishing the plans that would be offered to active and retired people. We will now move forward with the cost proposals.

However, Connella says he wants more transparency from the board before final decisions are made.

“What we are looking for is clear communication about our choices. Now we have no clear communication through written or oral forms. That’s one of the reasons we showed up here in a large group of people just to provide a bit more clarification,” he said.

There will be a special meeting held on September 7, where leaders are expected to discuss cost proposal plans for next year.

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