They were lying to us, as usual:
Whitefish Bay was able to save at least $622,000 over the next two years by changing the way it contracts with health insurance providers.WEA Trust is actually gaining many customers back as they find that the private insurance companies were playing bait and switch games with them, costing more money than before.
Typically, the village acquires its benefits through the state's Employee Trust Fund. Most employees choose WEA Trust, which offers the lowest-priced plan. After conducting an analysis, the village's insurance broker determined it was able to save money by eliminating the state as a middle man and contracting directly with WEA Trust.
The Whitefish Bay Village Board voted in approval of the two-year insurance plan at its Monday night meeting. Although it's a two-year plan, the contract will be signed one year at a time.
The WEA Trust Plan comes in $347,000 under the price offered through the Employee Trust Fund. The village saved at least another $275,000, due to a price lock not to exceed a 9 percent increase in 2014. The village could save more money if insurance premiums increase less than 9 percent in 2014.
"If you chose the lowest-price provider through the state plan for next year, it is WEA Trust. We're just buying it direct. We're buying the exact same plan. Same deductible, same everything," said Village Manager Patrick DeGrave. "We're saving that much money just by cutting out the state as the administrator of the plan."
And just another example of how things would have been better for everyone - teachers and taxpayers alike - if Walker had done nothing.