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Miami-Dade labor unions want healthcare prices


Miami-Dade labor representatives urged county administrators Tuesday to require more price transparency from hospitals, doctors and insurers — including the county’s employee health plan administrator, AvMed — as a way to help reduce the rising cost of employee health benefits in 2015.

Healthcare costs could rise as much as 10 percent next year when Miami-Dade’s employee health plan could cost as much as $424.7 million, said Ed Marquez, deputy mayor for finance.

With that sense of urgency, the Labor Healthcare Committee — established by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez to review employee health benefits and save money — began to lay the ground work for labor negotiations that will begin later this year.

The committee will meet as both sides negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement to cover a three-year period from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2017.

Health benefits and their costs are expected to be a major point of contention, following a vote by Miami-Dade commissioners in December to restore workers’ pay and no longer require the county’s nearly 26,000 employees to contribute 5 percent of their base pay toward group healthcare costs.

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