WEST CHESTER — Some Chester County government employees received what they say was an unpleasant surprise when they opened a recent e-mail from the county Commissioners Office about their proposed medical benefits for 2021.
In the accompanying memo, alongside information about the county’s wellness program, continuation of prescription, dental and vision coverage, and a new web-based physician consultation service, was the alarming news that the out-of-pocket maximum payments for plan participants would be increasing.
And not by just a bit. The new amount that employees would be responsible for will increase by 100 percent in most cases, and by as much as 150 percent in others. The thought that their costs would double came as a shock and an outrage to those who had long seen the benefits package they receive as public employees as the foundation on which their service to the county rested.
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