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Darla Kimplin, a dispatcher for Kandiyohi Area Transit, is pictured Tuesday at her Willmar office. Employees with KAT are going to see a major bump in their health care insurance costs next year. The 33 percent increase comes on the heels of a 36 percent increase just one year ago. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

For KAT employees, health insurance hike takes its bite


WILLMAR -- A 33 percent increase in health insurance costs will be passed onto Kandiyohi Area Transit employees, who have also been told not to expect a wage increase next year.

The rate increase comes on top of a 36 percent hike KAT experienced last year for its health insurance program.

"It's a very big jump and it's going to affect employees a lot," said Tiffany Collins, KAT transit director. "Insurance costs are definitely rising."

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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