MANDEVILLE — The Mandeville City Council has voted to continue providing health insurance at no cost to city workers rather than have them pay for a portion of the premiums.

On Thursday, the council asked Mayor Donald Villere to use money the city will save through a reduction in the cost of its workman’s compensation coverage to help offset the higher rates for employee health insurance.

The city two weeks ago was poised to have employees start paying for a portion of the cost of their health insurance coverage.

The city picks up 100 percent of the cost of its employees’ health coverage, an expense of just over $2 million a year.