It is a proposal police have been opposed to, but is now a reality. Kansas City, MO, officers will now be on the same health care plan as other city employees.
The decision came down just about 11 a.m., but not everyone is pleased.
Police officers are not happy about joining the city's insurance plan, because they said it is going to cost them more. And now the Fraternal Order of Police is working on filing a lawsuit to stop the move.
Officers packed the Kansas City Police Board meeting Monday morning as the board discussed combining the police insurance with what is currently being offered to all other city employees.
The board president said he was voting for this change because giving officers a pay raise would not be possible unless this consolidation went through.
So the board voted unanimously to pass the plan.
One retired officer who spoke out against the plan said it doesn't make sense to switch to a plan where officers pay more for services.
"You put the facts together and the facts are that no one wants this. Evidence shows this will cost us more. Why did this pass? They made their decision beforehand and they don't care about response from everyone else," retired police officer Lee Voss said.
But Kansas City Mayor Sly James said with the rise of health care costs this was the only solution for the city.
"It was brought up that people have a right to choose their insurance. That is true when they are paying for it. But the city pays for all their insurance, providing funds. So what we are trying to do is achieve economies of scale using the budget in such a way that we have ability to do other things, like roads and bridges, all paid out of the same fund," James said.
The Fraternal Order of Police spokesperson said later Monday afternoon their attorney will be issuing a statement and that a lawsuit will be filed to fight the decision.
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