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      Syracuse employees to get reduced health care costs at local hospitals

      Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says the city will save more than $600,000 in health care costs following a recent negotiation with two local hospitals.

      The negotiations, which were done in collaboration with a one year extension of the city's contract with the POMCO Group, are new service rates for hospital care. POMCO Group serves at the city's health plan benefits administrator. "I am very pleased that two of our leading hospitals, Crouse and University, have demonstrated their willingness to be strong community partners during challenging fiscal times," Miner said.

      As the city struggles financially, Miner was looking for cost-saving opportunities. She turned to some of Syracuse's not-for-profit health care organizations to identity ways to reduce the service expenses the City incurs by supporting these tax-exempt organizations.

      The agreement will allow City employees to access health care from Crouse Hospital and Upstate University Hospitals at a reduced cost.