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Milwaukee Police Lose Court Battle Over Health Insurance Costs

A Wisconsin Appeals Court has sided with the City of Milwaukee, when it comes to which entity sets health care costs for police and fire fighters - the municipality decides.

Gov. Walker's Act 10 ended nearly all public union rights in Wisconsin, except for police and fighters. However, lawmakers also extended a provision that prohibits first-responders from negotiating the design of their health insurance plans. The design includes such items as co-pays and deductibles.

A lower court had sided with the Milwaukee Police Association, which argued that health care terms were negotiable, but now an appeals court has reversed that earlier decision.