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Anacortes city employees will receive a 2 percent discount on their health insurance premiums as a result of the city again earning a Well City Award.

The City of Anacortes earned a WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust for the 12th consecutive year. A total of 111 cities and public entities met the stringent standards set forth for the award. Each of these cities are part of AWC’s Employee Benefit Trust, a health insurance pool that provides coverage to over 14,000 city employees across the state. As a result of earning the designation, WellCity Award recipients will receive a 2% premium discount on their Regence BlueShield Health and Group Health medical coverage in 2016. 

“City of Anacortes employees are hardworking, value health and wellness, and actively participate in our Wellness program.  We see results in the form of better health and premium cost savings.  It is an easy program to get behind and support.” said Mayor Laurie Gere. 

“Employers that place employee health among their core values, and demonstrate that belief through healthy workplace policies, environments, and wellness programs, empower their employees to value and maintain good health. Both the city and the community benefit from more productive employees, it’s a win for everyone,” said Luann Hopkins, AWC Interim CEO.

The award recipients demonstrated their commitment by creating policies, committees, and champions at the local level that focused on topics such as: work–life balance, healthy food, physical activity, personal care, and employee safety. Each community is encouraged to implement what works best for their employees, with an eye towards meeting the standards set forth by the program.

Founded in 1933, the Association of Washington Cities is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that provides legislative representation, educational training, technical assistance, municipal liability insurance, health insurance and other services to Washington's cities and towns.

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