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Mayo Clinic Health System CEO speaks out about benefit cuts


ROCHESTER, Minn (KTTC) -- One day after Mayo Clinic announced changes to its employees benefits, the CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System is speaking out.

"It's change, for sure," said Dr. Robert Nesse, CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System and a member of the Board of Governors.  "But it's change to continue to support the very best benefits we can for our employees."

In 11 months, a new benefit system will kick in for Mayo Clinic employees and it's shaking things up.

"For folks that use no medical care beyond primary care visits and preventative services, their premiums could go down, or stay the same," Nesse said.  "But folks who need more care will be responsible for more of the cost of that care."

That's bad news for folks who have diseases like diabetes. 

We could not find any Mayo employee willing to speak on camera, but one who spoke with us anonymously says the cost of his insulin copay has more than doubled just this year. 

He says he and other diabetic Mayo retirees have had to stop taking some of their medication. He fears the changes in 2015 will make it even more expensive. 

Although employees were used to their current insurance plans, Nesse said Mayo has grown a lot since the last benefit changes 10 years ago. 

"We now do business in 34 states. And we have a larger number of retirees and frankly, the number of employees in all those states. So we needed to put together a package that was sustainable for the business," he said. 

It's a change not immediately welcome by all, but one that Nesse said is necessary in a world where healthcare coverage is actively evolving. 

"Healthcare benefits are going up everywhere," Nesse said. "And healthcare employees use healthcare benefits like everybody else."

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