Higher health insurance costs sparked by a change in state law and a spike in claims are putting the squeeze on some school district employees in South Bend.
The South Bend Community School Corporation overhauled its health benefits this fall. Premiums for a single employee rose from about $150 to $210 a month, while those for a family plan jumped from $350 to about $600. The South Bend Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/ROwdFZ ) the district also changed its tiers for coverage.
Human resources director Curt Novotny acknowledges the plan has higher premiums but says employees 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 services to covered employees.