Local Government Strategies to Address Rising Healthcare Costs

Rising health care costs have caused many local governments to change the way they are offering benefits. A nationwide survey developed by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) with the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) revealed health care benefits trends and strategies employed by local governments to contain costs and improve workforce wellness.

Discuss the findings and hear case studies from the cities of Asheville, North Carolina and Montgomery, Ohio. You and your staff will discuss:

  • Trends and examples of cost containment strategies, including high deductible plans paired with a health savings account 
  • How employee engagement can help employees take ownership of health benefit strategies
  • Lessons learned from cities that have saved costs through chronic disease management, wellness programs, and employee clinics.

Elizabeth Kellar

President and CEO, Center for State and Local Government Excellence

Elizabeth Kellar is president and CEO for the Center for State and Local Government Excellence. The center promotes excellence in public service so that local and state governments can attract and retain the talent they need. It identifies promising practices and publishes research on pension and retirement plans, health care, demographics, and workforce issues.

​Gary Jackson

City manager, Asheville, NC

Gary Jackson is the city manager of Asheville, North Carolina. Prior to his time in Asheville, Gary served as city manager of Fort Worth, Texas; Carrollton, Texas; Liberty, Missouri; and Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Gary holds a master of public administration from the University of Kansas and a bachelor of science in business from Miami University of Ohio.

Julia Prickett

Human Resources manager, City of Montgomery, Ohio

Julia Prickett is the human resources manager for the city of Montgomery, Ohio. She holds a master of public administration from the University of Cincinnati and has over 25 years of experience in public sector human resources and local government administration. Julie attended the LEAD Program at the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service in 2009. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association.


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1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available