- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - A clinic for Hattiesburg city employees and their families has saved workers and the city about $77,000 through its first seven weeks, says Mayor Johnny DuPree.

If this holds up over the long run, he said, first-year savings could be far more than the projected $100,000 to $180,000 in medical costs and insurance premiums.

“If you keep this trend, you’re talking about a half-million dollars in savings, and that could drastically affect next year when we get ready to budget for insurance,” he told the City Council on Tuesday.

DuPree said that because Hattiesburg is self-insured, premium rates it receives from an underwriter can fluctuate every 90 days rather than being locked for a year, The Hattiesburg American (https://hatne.ws/13LZwns) reported.

If the city’s medical claims fall, so should its rates, and September savings should affect December premiums, he said.



The city pays Medical Analysis LLC of Biloxi $29,000 a month to run the clinic, which is staffed by a nurse practitioner and a clinic coordinator who is also a phlebotomist.

Services include physicals, bloodwork, drug screenings, prescription dispersals and patient referrals, as well as treatment and management of chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol and stress.

Employees, retirees and dependents covered by the city’s insurance get office and lab visits and medication at no charge. Uninsured employees and their dependents have a $20 co-pay for office visits and are charged the cost of lab visits and medications.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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