‘Obamacare’ part of why city health plan to cost less

The Affordable Care Act, better known by the pejorative “Obamacare,” doesn’t get credit for much in political circles, with Republicans talking nearly unanimously about repeal and Democrats barely talking about it at all. So it’s worth noting that the law is mentioned among the factors behind the recommendation that the rates for the city ‘s employee health insurance plan decrease 5 percent for 2013, after increases of 10.9 and 15.5 percent in 2011 and 2012, respectively. The city, which is self-insured, also went through a “competitive, cost-effective proposal process” to find new companies to manage its health plan – Coventry Health Care of Kansas (for medical benefits) and Catamaran (prescription benefits). The 2013 contracts and rates are on the Tuesday agenda of the Wichita City Council.