Cheyenne Looks to Cut Worker Health Coverage Costs

By Associated Press – 29 Nov ’14

City officials in Cheyenne are deliberating whether to hire a consultant to help cut the cost of health insurance coverage for city employees.

Some Cheyenne City Council members are skeptical about the need for a consultant. They say the city should do the work in house instead of paying the consultant $90,000.

The City Council plans to vote on the contract Dec. 8.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the city spent about $6.7 million last fiscal year on health care costs for its nearly 600 employees.

Cheyenne Human Resources Director Rich Wiederspahn says most large employers hire insurance consultants. He says the Denver-based Assured Equity Management could help reduce costs by negotiating with health insurers.