Resolution to Study Merging School Health Care Plans
2, 2014- Hanson Quickel
– The Senate unanimously approved a resolution to review the pros and cons of
merging school district health care plans, according to the bill’s sponsor
Senator David G. Argall (R-29).
Argall notes this resolution is a key part of the continuing debate around
school district property tax elimination.
vote today is another step in the right direction to save considerable tax
dollars,” Argall said. “I’m hopeful the forthcoming information provided
through this study will be part of our school property tax elimination
Resolution 250 tasks the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) with
studying the cost of current health care plans and the cost of the current
benefits over the next five years. The report will also examine the cost of
regionalizing health care plans compared to one overall state plan for all
school employees and provide the anticipated administrative, technological and
staffing costs associated with implementing such reforms, including the impact
of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
conducted a local survey with residents, school directors and business
officials asking what they thought were the largest cost-drivers at the local
level, one of the biggest concerns was rising health care costs that pose a
serious threat to school budgets and the taxpayers,” Argall said.
noted that the goal is not to harm current public school employees, but to pool
resources together to get a better product at a lower cost.
LBFC study will be due on November 30, 2014.