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Posted on: April 5, 2023

[ARCHIVED] WellCity Award Recipient

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East Wenatchee earns WellCity Award


OLYMPIA, WA – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) recently released a list of the cities, towns, and other local governments that have earned the distinguished WellCity designation. The City of East Wenatchee is among this year’s recipients. This recognition is bestowed to entities that meet the AWC Employee Benefit Trust’s stringent WellCity standards and demonstrate a commitment to employee health.


WellCity recipients are all part of the AWC Employee Benefit Trust (Trust), Washington State’s largest local government employee health benefit pool for cities, towns, and other local governments. The Trust provides health benefits to more than 262 public entities and more than 36,000 employees and family members across the state.


Employers that meet the WellCity standards earn a 2% discount on their medical premiums.


“The WellCity program benefits all Trust members. WellCity members as a group have a 50% lower medical and pharmacy trend than others, which helps to moderate the rate of premium increase for everyone,” said Alicia Seegers Martinelli, AWC Interim Chief Executive Officer.


“Earning the WellCity award is a great accomplishment, but the real success is a staff that lives a healthy lifestyle,” said Mayor Jerrilea Crawford. “Our Wellness Committee’s commitment to promoting those healthy lifestyles, through healthy activities and education, really helps to keep staff motivated.”


A complete list of the cities and public entities that earned this year’s award can be found at


AWC serves its members through advocacy, education and services. Founded in 1933, AWC is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that advocates on behalf of cities and towns and provides training and pooling programs such as the AWC Employee Benefit Trust. AWC created the AWC Employee Benefit Trust in 1969 to assist cities in meeting state-imposed medical coverage mandates for local law enforcement officers and fire fighters.

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