Pinellas school district considers health insurance options
The Pinellas County School District has been battling with the unions over proposed changes to its health insurance. The initial proposal dramatically increased out-of-pocket costs for employees. And district officials warned the School Board earlier this month that they needed to act soon or there wouldn't be time to make the changes. (See that story here.)
Now district officials have come back with more options. Those include: a consumer-directed health plan with a $1,250 deductible and a $500 allowance; a plan modeled after what Hillsborough County Schools have; and a "triple-option model," which maintains the staff HMO and eliminates the $2,500 deductible (in the proposed plan.)
The least expensive of the three is the triple-option plan.
See the full report from the district below.