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Pasco school employees likely to see insurance benefits shrink



The United School Employees of Pasco has asked for more. But if the Pasco County school district's per worker allocation remains $5,799.29 for 2011, everyone's health insurance benefits stand to decline, according to a recommendation going to the School Board next week.

The district's insurance committee has put together a benefit package that eliminates paid dental insurance, saving the district about $1.5 million. It would continue an HMO plan with no employee contribution, but require monthly payments for employees who prefer a PPO plan instead ($30 per month for the standard, $65 per month for the premium).

The district will add new health and wellness centers for employees to use, with the goal of reducing testing and related costs for the district.

USEP president Lynne Webb, who sat on the committee, said the plan is what insurance would have to look like with no additional funding. But "it's not over," she added. "Nothing is finalized until negotiations are completed."

[Last modified: Thursday, October 14, 2010 3:44pm]


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