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Four valley cities, including El Mirage, are joining forces to reduce health care costs for their employees.

Andi Welsh with the city of El Mirage said the city will save about $75,000 per year by joining the Arizona Metropolitan Trust which provides Arizona Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage.

"This type of innovation that the cities have created will help stabilize the ever-increasing health care costs in the public sector," she said.

Along with El Mirage, the cities of Apache Junction, Avondale and Youngstown have joined the trust.

"It spreads out the risk to the member cities by having a larger pool of employees than by having just the cities individually providing their own benefits," said Welsh.

Nearly 2,000 fire, police and city employees are now part of the coverage.

Martha Maurer, News Editor

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