School district employees see health insurance hike

Some school district employees in South Bend are seeing higher health insurance costs as a result of a change in state law and a spike in claims.

The South Bend Community School Corporation over-hauled its health benefits this fall, in a decision that left some workers concerned.

Premiums for a single employee rose from about $150 a month up to $210, and rates for a family plan jumped from $350 to about $600.

Those in favor of the plan say workers now have incentives to shop around for health services.

The district also plans to open a clinic in the spring that will provide free primary care to covered employees.

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