By JESSICA CLARK
Journal Staff Writer
The Affordable Care Act has the City of Perry’s council members working to determine its impact on the city and its residents.
Janie Floyd, the president of Administrative Solutions, Inc., talked to council about the potential regulations the city would have to adhere to during the work session Monday.
“I’m providing the regulations as we know right now,” Floyd told the council. “We have to take it one step at a time.”
According to documents provided to the council by Floyd, by 2014 the direct impact on self-funded plans include: establishment of the employer responsibility mandates, the waiting periods cannot be longer than 90 days, maximums for essential benefits cannot be used and a person with a pre-existing condition cannot be excluded.
“By 2014, you’ll have to cover everyone,” she said, adding later there would be penalty if this isn’t the case.
Council members asked questions regarding future regulations, but Floyd could not provide a finite answer as to the future due to the federal government not providing definite regulations yet.
“It’s a moving target,” Mayor Jimmy Faircloth said to council members. “We’ll have this discussion much more frequently over the next 12 months.”
Faircloth said there was no way to determine the outcome in relation to what the city would have to do until the state and federal governments make decisions.
“It is our responsibility to comply with this law,” Faircloth stated.
In other business, the council briefly discussed concept plans for a new animal shelter.
According to Harold Deal, a city engineer, the shelter would cost between $800,000 and $900,000.
City Manager Lee Gilmour said it would be paid for out of the 2012 SPLOST funds.
Faircloth stated that the council would need to meet to discuss the projects that will be funded with SPLOST revenues in order to prioritize the projects due to the projection of the collected SPLOST money being lower than originally stated.
“Council has a high interest of making this (the new animal shelter) happen,” stated Faircloth.