Health insurance costs for city workers will go up by 9.13 percent starting in January under a new contract Reynoldsburg City Council approved with Aetna.

Health insurance costs for city workers will go up by 9.13 percent starting in January under a new contract Reynoldsburg City Council approved with Aetna.

City Auditor Richard Harris said nonunion city employees will pay 12 percent of the cost for health insurance for both single and family plans, while dispatchers and police department employees not represented by the Fraternal Order of Police will pay 15 percent and FOP members 14 percent.

For the single option, this translates to a monthly cost of $66.72 for nonunion city employees; $83.40 for dispatchers and police employees who are not FOP members; and $77.84 for FOP members.

For the family option, nonunion city employees will pay $180.12 per month; dispatchers and police employees who are not FOP members will pay $225.15 per month; and FOP members will be responsible for $210.14 per month.

"We have been very fortunate the last three years. We have seen a total increase of 4 percent. The proposal for next year is still in single digits and that is overall good news," Mayor Brad McCloud said during a Nov. 16 finance committee meeting.

One major difference in next year's employee medical coverage is the inclusion of embedded deductibles, which would allow people with family plans to cover potential medical bills before the full deductible is reached.

The family policy will have an in-network embedded individual component of $2,600 and the full family deductible of $5,200. The policies will continue to cover 100 percent of all doctor office and hospital visits, and pharmacy costs after deductibles.

The out-of-pocket maximum for in-network costs, including deductibles, will remain at $4,000 for individuals and $8,000 for families.

Council also approved renewals for dental coverage and optional life-insurance policies for city employees. There was no change in the cost for dental coverage and life insurance rose only 1 cent per $1,000, McCloud said.

The city's contract with Delta Dental will become effective Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016. The composite rate will remain at $96.72 per month.