January 6, 2014

Insurance reform means changes at airport

New policy to cost airport less.

by Mitchell Kirk Pharos-Tribune

---- — The Logansport/Cass County Airport Authority Board of Directors recently approved changes to health insurance plans for full-time airport employees in accordance with new federal regulations.

Like many companies and organizations that provide employees health insurance, the policy formerly used by the Logansport/Cass County Airport was canceled because it did not align with regulations established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s recently implemented signature health care law.

The publicly funded airport is operated by a six-member board of directors who meet monthly.

The board recently approved a measure permitting it to offer full-time employees a new policy that provides not only primary health coverage, as has been done in the past, but vision and dental care as well.

The board also approved offering a health savings account to full-time employees that can hold up to $3,300.

The airport currently has two full-time employees — a manager and a line operations employee.

The new policy will cost about $12,000 to $13,000 a year for its line operations employee, said Mark Hildebrandt, president of the Logansport/Cass County Airport Authority Board of Directors.

Hildebrandt went on to say the amount results from an income formula within the Affordable Care Act and will ultimately lead to savings at the airport.

“With the changes, we were able to provide the same coverage for about $7,000 less,” Hildebrandt said.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or Follow him: @PharosMAK