The city of Akron and its employee unions are talking about bringing down health care costs.
A key meeting later this month could bring some of these ideas into focus - keeping workers healthy, but at the same time bringing down rising costs.
George Johnson, president of AFSCME Local 1360, says that the Affordable Care Act and rising costs have prompted a new look at health care for city employees.
"The rising cost of health care has put everyone in a situation where they're looking to find ways to save money," Johnson tells AkronNewsNow.com, "as well as still provide quality health care for the employees."
Johnson says that the city unions have their own consultant looking for health care ideas.
"And for the first time since we've had this health care committee," Johnson tells AkronNewsNow.com, "this health care consultant will be present at the next meeting and meetings from here out."
Johnson does expect the city to bring up the idea of a wellness program - he said city consultants have "talked about that a lot".
But he says the city couldn't ask employees to pay more for health care until the next round of contract negotiations, which won't be for some time.
"We are looking at December 2015 before the city could come with proposals that would have to truly, truly looked be at," Johnson says.