Pasco health insurance costs to jump 13 percent
The district's insurance committee has recommended a plan that will cost $6.19 million more than last year. The School Board set aside just $3.37 million for increases in the plan.
That means the board will have to tap into the $9.1 million that it had been holding originally for state cuts that appear not to be coming. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino has recommended using a portion of the amount to pay out employee bonuses, but only after the district pays its health insurance bill.
Board members have made it a priority to keep every district employee fully covered. The new amount would be $5,799.29 per employee per year, up from $5,132.07. Premiums for dependents would rise 13 percent.
It could have been worse, said Mary Tillman, director of employee benefits.
"We're staying self-insured," she told the Gradebook. "When we talked to Blue Cross about our claim situation, they said we'd be looking at a 22 percent increase if we were fully insured."
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