Plus One – Recognizing Diverse Families

What is Plus One?

healthcareCitizens Project is proposing a Plus One employee benefits policy for our city government – including Memorial Hospital and Colorado Springs Utilities – that allows every employee to add one qualifying family member to their health insurance plan. The proposal — being put together with the help of dozens of community volunteers and supporters — will include even more people than a standard domestic partner benefits plan because it could include a dependent adult child or a parent living with the employee. Because the family would pay the full premium, benefits specialists agree the plan is designed to be cost-neutral.

Valuing Public Servants at No Additional Cost

With the city making deep budget cuts due to falling revenue, our dedicated city employees are seeing their hours cut and workloads increased. This plan would send a message that our community values and appreciates city employees by expanding benefits without increasing the cost to taxpayers. When a similar proposal was brought up six years ago, two insurance benefits specialists agreed that the eligible population under this plan would not increase the risk for raising health costs on participants. Proponents expect this new plan to get the same endorsement. The plan is designed so that only true dependent family members will qualify, and those 65 and older who are eligible for Medicare would not be included under Plus One. In addition, this policy could reduce the cost of uncompensated care at the city’s Memorial Hospital by reducing the number of uninsured and under-insured in our community. That will SAVE taxpayer dollars.

Celebrating Diversity and Promoting Economic Growth

An added benefit of enacting the Plus One policy is it sends a clear message that our community welcomes diversity and has a place for everyone. That’s why so many large, successful employers offer expanded benefits (85% of Fortune 100 companies as of January 2009). Fostering diversity creates a favorable environment that promotes economic development and makes Colorado Springs a more attractive place for companies looking to relocate. Our community has garnered bad publicity for intolerance and the Plus One plan would help dispel that reputation.

Help Pass Plus One

Citizens Project needs your help to make this happen! Five City Council members have said they would support the plan as long as it does not increase costs, but we want the others to support it, too. There are many ways to help, including:

We hope it will come before the City Council by early 2010, so watch your inbox!

More employers setting policies to protect LGBT workers

Colorado Springs Business Journal October 2, 1009

Make Your Voice Heard!

Gazette Letters to the Editor: [email protected]
Independent Letters to the Editor: [email protected]
Colorado Springs City Council Contact Information:

Lionel Rivera, Mayor – [email protected]
719-385-5986

Larry Small, Vice Mayor – [email protected]
719-385-5485

Scott Hente, District 1 – [email protected]
719-385-5487

Darryl Glenn, District 2 – [email protected]
719-385-5493

Jerry Heimlicher, District 3 – [email protected]
719-385-5470

Bernie Herpin Jr., District 4 – [email protected]
719-385-5492

Tom Gallagher, At-Large – [email protected]
719-385-5491

Randy Purvis, At-Large – [email protected]
719-578-9800

Jan Martin, At-Large – [email protected]
719-385-5486

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>