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City of Cortland (population 19204)

Name of service/government operation: Greater Tompkins Heath Insurance Consortium

Form of sharing: Joint Purchase

Services affected: Employee and Retiree Health Insurance

Year started: 2013

Partners: Local Governments in Tompkins

Primary goal(s)/motivation(s): Cost reduction

What planning process preceded the sharing? Extensive

What governance structures and/or agreements are required to maintain this agreement? MOU

Challenges: Union Contracts

Benefits: cost reduction and rate stabilization

Impact on budget: saving of $900,000 in 2013

Impact on labor: reduced employee contribution

Impact on service: none

Key contact: Mack Cook