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Connecticut Employee Health Insurance Costs Rise Again

14 November 2003

CONNECTICUT – As reported by the Connecticut Day: "For the second time in two years, employee health insurance costs are rising at the region's two casinos.

"Executives at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun said their businesses faced 15 percent insurance cost increases if they did not make the changes. The two casinos, which each employ 11,000 workers, are hiking the costs to employees as of Jan. 1.

"Mohegan Sun will continue to provide health insurance without deducting premiums from worker paychecks, but deductibles, co-payments for visits to doctors, prescriptions and out-of-pocket limits will increase. Employees who seek care within the Blue Cross/Blue Shield network will pay deductibles of $100 to $300, depending on how many people are covered by their plan.

"The casino will pick up 90 percent of the remaining costs until employees reach out-of-pocket limits of $8,500 for a single employee, $1,700 for an employee plus one person and $2,550 for a family. They will pay an additional $5, or $20, for office visits and prescriptions will increase roughly $5, to $15 or $20.

"…Foxwoods employees will have a new insurance provider, New York-based Multiplan Inc., as of the beginning of the year. The medical treatments available are not changing, according to Joann Frank, senior vice president of human resources. She said co-payments, out-of-pocket expenses and deductibles will increase…"

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