District votes to add off-site employee clinic

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- Changes in healthcare options are on the way for one of the city of Eau Claire's largest employers.

Monday night the Eau Claire Area School District voted to approve a plan adding an off-site clinic for all of its employees.

Dan Van De Water, the district's business manager calls this plan a win-win for the district and employees. Van De Water says in the long-run adding an off-site clinic and locking into a five year deal with provider Security Health Plan will save the district an estimated $4.9 million dollars over the next four years.

“There would be no cost for the office visit. There would be no cost for basic radiology services or basic lab services,” Van De Water said.

Van De Water says the plan approved Monday night to offer an off-site clinic is a win-win for both the employees and the district by offering free services to employees and big cost savings to the district.

“Because of the proposed cap on premium increases over the next four years the district would be saving a minimum of $4.9 million dollars,” Van De Water explained.

“That savings is based on projections of what health care costs might be in the future,” School Board President Rich Spindler said.

Spindler says the savings projections aren't concrete and choosing to offer an off-site employee clinic does have its downfalls.

“The tradeoff is we will be locked in with a carrier for an extended period,” Spindler added.

The district says it's still looking into several site options for the off-site clinic with hopes of it opening up by fall of 2014.

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