SB school employees to face higher health insurance costs

Starting Tuesday employees working for South Bend Schools will get the facts first hand on the new health insurance plan that will roll out October first.

It's expected to cost families more and has many worried.

Kim Keen from the food services department says, “I do not have enough money to pay for my housing and for my utilities, let alone for food or to put gas in my car to get to work every day.”

Monday night a school group gathered to speak out about the issue with concerns about the new plan. All this week there will be informational meetings for teachers and other staff members from insurance representatives.

The new health care plan will be phased in on October first and officially begin at the first of the year.

All 25-hundred employees with the district and their families will be affected.

“A lot of bus drivers are just working so they can have insurance for their family, and with Obama care coming up and they are going to have to go on Obama care, but they won't be able to afford this,” says South Bend School Board member Bill Sniadecki.

It is government mandated that if a school district does not choose the state provided insurance it can pick a private company that meets the state's cost within 12 percent.

Unfortunately as NEA President Jason Zook pointed out many insurance plans have rates that are going up and the costs are being passed along to the employees.

According to a preliminary look at plans being presented to employees, premiums for a family would go from 344 dollars to 526, deductibles that were in the hundreds will now be in the thousands. Also drug co-pays will go from 4 or 10 dollars to 10, 30, or 60.

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