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Village of Dryden (population 1890)

Name of service/government operation: Tompkins County Counsel of Government-Consortium

Form of sharing: Joint Purchase

Services affected: health Insurance for local government's employees

Year started: about 2009

Partners: Tompkins County and City of Ithaca plus all village and towns in county plus Cortland City

Primary goal(s)/motivation(s): save money and improve options /plans to go with.

What planning process preceded the sharing? thorough analysis of how this could benefit participants and still provide good affordable heaslth care options/care

What governance structures and/or agreements are required to maintain this agreement? part of a contracted group ministered by Tompkins County

Challenges: multi unions that did not trust system but learned by trying that it was the way to go to have "controlled" increases of health care costs.

Benefits: cost savings and controlled increases for service.

Impact on budget: reduces costs

Impact on labor: nothing locally-recognized at county level that administrates this program

Impact on service: after initial glitches-system seems to work now-no known complaints at this time.

Key contact: unknown in Tompkins Couty-I believe person is at HR for county