25.1 Benefits Committee
During the term of this MOU, the County and Unions shall convene the Benefits Committee to investigate the feasibility of revising medical and/or dental coverage and/or plan(s) and strategies to integrate wellness program participation into benefit insurance cost structure including FSA debit cards. The Benefits Committee will be composed of County labor representatives, not to exceed two (2) representatives from each participating labor organization and four (4) County representatives.


25.2 Benefits Levels
During the term of this agreement, the County agrees to continue all benefits programs at current benefits levels as listed in the MOU and the Benefits Summary.


25.3 Agreement Implementation
Agreements reached as part of the Benefits Committee may be implemented outside of negotiations if employee organizations representing a majority of employees agree, providing, however, all employee organizations are given an opportunity to meet and confer regarding such agreements.


25.4 Cadillac Tax Reopener
Effective July 1, 2017, the County and Union shall reopen the issue of payment of “the Cadillac Tax” under the Affordable Care Act.


25.5 Health Plan Changes
Health plan changes that are initiated by the health plan based on either legislative / regulatory changes or health plan organization policy changes are provided to employers each year. These changes are typically not significant in terms of the number of individuals who are impacted by the change. For instance, they do not often include co-pay changes for outpatient or inpatient physician or facility services, prescription drug co-pays or other major plan design co-pays. Where health plans initiate these kinds of changes to the contract, Employee Benefits will share with labor the specific changes health plans are communicating at the time of renewal, before implementing the changes. Where the changes may be eliminated by the employer purchasing, at additional cost, a rider to cover the benefit, it is the County’s desire to implement such changes without riders to keep its design in conformance with the health plans’ book of business design, provided however, it will first meet and confer with the Union on any such matter.


25.6 Benefit Booklets
The County agrees to receive and discuss any suggestions the Union may have for improvement of the booklets or folders describing various employee benefits provided by the County.