Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
There's no way around it -- healthcare is expensive. But some current and retired city employees in Columbia are worried what they pay could skyrocket.
Meet Thomas Dodson and Chris Butzer, two former Columbia Police Officers who still receive city healthcare. They've had to pay more over the years than when they started, but now they're afraid they could be paying too much.
"That creates a concern for people like myself who are already retired," said Butzer.
"For those who are less fortunate than I am that don't have a second career on track, those who are city employed or were city employed that are retired, they can't afford it," said Dodson.
Where is their cause for concern coming from? A memo given to WIS and several city retirees from a city insider documents a proposal to city council for new health plan changes beginning in January 2015.
"Obviously it's going to come down to cost and benefits," said Butzer.
In the proposal are four alternative plans for retirees, including an option that would move all pre-Medicare retirees to the federal health insurance marketplace.
"That coverage would be more on the tune of a thousand percent for me," said Dodson.
And, according to Dodson and other former city employees, the worst part for them is the lack of response they've gotten from the city.
"Not a lot of information has been put out about that," said Butzer.
We got in touch with city human resources director Pam Benjamin who said she's received no calls from retirees about the proposed plan and said the emphasis needs to be on the fact that it's merely a proposal and not a final decision.
Benjamin says these proposals are in part a response to changes in cost from the Affordable Care Act, but none of the proposals have been officially brought to council yet.
Benjamin went on to say the city wouldn't make a decision without bringing retired employees to the table to discuss it, which, according to Butzer, is something he'd like to see.
"Communication on the part of employees, the community, retirees and city council, everybody needs to come together," said Butzer.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>