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Govt pushes ahead on civil service co-pays


Finance Minister Marco Archer disputed assertions from the head of the Cayman Islands Civil Service Association that government’s move to institute co-pays for health insurance costs was taking place without CICSA input.

Speaking to the Legislative Assembly on 6 May, Minister Archer outlined several instances where he claims civil service leaders were in the room or made aware of government’s interest in putting co-pays in place so long as there is also a move to give civil servants more choices in health care providers.

“Co-pay is one means of helping to reduce the health care liability and costs borne by the government,” the Minister said, “but that in itself will not entirely address the significant health care liability and costs faced by government.”

Minister Archer outlined further changes being proposed for implementation by 2018 including an increase in the retirement age for civil servants and reducing the lifetime cap on health insurance benefits.

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Patrick Kreitlow

Patrick Kreitlow

Pat Kreitlow joined the Cayman 27 staff in October 2015. For nearly a decade, Pat was a familiar presence in living rooms across western Wisconsin where he was a reporter and nightly news anchor at WEAU-TV. He later served his neighbors as a state senator. When he and his wife Sharry became “empty nesters,” they moved to Grand Cayman in early 2014. They have two daughters and two grandsons.

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