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All Leetsdale employees now are required to pay something toward their health insurance.

Employees who opt into health care plans offered by the borough must pay $25 per pay period for use of either a family or single plan, council President Joe McGurk said.

In January, council members discussed requiring only those employees who opt into the family plan to pay. Some council members said they were worried that proposal could be considered discrimination.

Although Solicitor Kate Diersen said last week the borough could charge different amounts for family and individual plans, officials decided to charge everyone the same amount.

Under the rejected proposal to charge only those who opt into a family health care plan, borough leaders said, three of the Leetsdale's five nonuniform employees — which include office staff and public works — would have paid.

Under a contract agreement last year, police officers contribute $25 per pay period for health insurance.

Under the borough's previous health care plan with Highmark, the cost of nonuniform employees' premiums ranged from about $340 for single users to more than $1,000 for families, borough secretary Liz Petalino said.

The borough's new insurance plan is through HealthAmerica. Premium costs were not available.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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