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Hillsborough health plan: pay a bit more, get a bit less



TAMPA -- Without a whole lot of fanfare last week, the Hillsborough County School Board approved a new health plan for its nearly 25,000 employees.

As we've previously written, the board agreed to continue its contractual obligation to pay the full premium on a comprehensive health policy, while offering costlier options for employees who want different coverage options. But faced with soaring claim costs and a budget shortfall of more than $41 million, officials said they could not afford to stick with the same health plan, since that coverage would in itself cost $29 million more than it did last year.

"I don't think there's any scenario in which any employee won't pay more," benefits manager Deborah Henry told the St. Petersburg Times last month. "Even if there's a zero premium, the co-payments are going up."

As it is, the district expects to pay around $129 million for its Humana coverage, up about $9 million from last year.

In case you haven't seen them, here and here are the supporting documents from last week's board meeting, with details on what the new options include and what they'll cost employees.  As they say, the devil is in the details. So please -- take a look and let us know what you see.

Tom Marshall, Times staff writer




[Last modified: Monday, August 2, 2010 5:41pm]


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