Mayor Richard J. Berry Recognizes This Week’s ESA Award Recipients
August 24, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Mark Saiz of the Human Resource Department is the most recent recipient of the Mayor’s Efficiency, Stewardship and Accountability award. Mr. Saiz is receiving this award for saving the City of Albuquerque $4.1 million in health insurance costs.
The City of Albuquerque has about 22,000 members covered under their health insurance program. The City entered the Fiscal Year budget cycle anticipating a $6.3 million (12%) increase in the cost of health insurance.
Mr. Saiz led the negotiations team and they received two offers from two different health insurance providers. One provider wanted to increase the cost by 22% and the other by about $3.6 million. Mr. Saiz felt that this number could be reduced dramatically to help the City of Albuquerque with their shortfall.
Further negotiations and exploring the option of going to a single carrier led to the discovery that the City of Albuquerque would actually be able to decrease their health insurance costs by $500,000. This saved the City of Albuquerque about $4.1 million between the initial offer and the decrease in costs from the previous year.
The negotiations led to more health benefits for City of Albuquerque employees, that were not previously offered. Some of these included the elimination of the $15 office visit co-pay for dependent children enrolled in the Family Plan, a mobile health care van available to City of Albuquerque workers at their worksite, and a dedicated Wellness Coordinator.
Mr. Saiz and his understanding of the need to reduce costs saved not only the taxpayers money but also saved employees of the City of Albuquerque money.