Insurance premiums up for school board employees

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By Steve Waters, Sports Editor

School Board of Levy County employees will have to pay a bit more for health insurance starting next year.

During this past Tuesday’s meeting, the board approved an 11.85 percent increase in rates for the district health plan, remaining under Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida.

As an example, a 12-month family health care plan that currently costs $903.76 will soon cost $1,011.09, starting next year.

The insurance company cited increases in health care costs and the recent national health care laws for the increases.

The changes were met with debate among the board members, with nearly all voicing concerns over increases in a budget crunch for the district. The board is expected to see hefty decreases in state and federal funding in the coming years, and the benefits increases were considered an unpleasant necessity.

“Do I like the increases? No,” board member Frank Etheridge said. “But I think it’s something we’re just going to have to live with.”

The changes also include a 5 percent increase in the managed care dental plan, and an increase in supplemental accident insurance.

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