Livermore City Council Rescinds Health Benefits Plan for Current, Former Council Members
The Livermore City Council on Monday unanimously voted to rescind health benefits for some current and past members of the council, the Contra Costa Times reports. Under the benefits plan, which was approved in March on a 3-2 vote, current and past council members with at least 12 years in office and who were in office between 1982 and 1995 could have enrolled and received city-sponsored retirement health coverage. Non-charter cities are prohibited from providing such benefits for time worked after 1995, according to state law. Livermore Mayor Marshall Kamena had originally supported the measure but changed his mind and voted to rescind the plan because he said extending the health benefits "was the wrong decision to make." Only one person -- former Mayor Cathie Brown -- had enrolled for the coverage since it took effect. Former council members still will be able to buy into the city's health insurance plan (Brewer, Contra Costa Times, 9/24).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.