The House Ways and Means Committee has begun consideration of a measure which aims to save school corporations money on health insurance. LaPorte Representative Tom Dermody’s bill would allow any school corporation currently paying less than one hundred and ten percent of the cost of the state’s health care plan… to keep its current insurance provider. Any corporation still above that threshold by February 1st of 2012 would be required to submit a plan for how it will lower its fees or recoup the necessary funds. If, as of February 1st of 2013, that plan has failed to bring the corporation into compliance, all employees would automatically be switched to the state’s plan. Dermody, a former LaPorte Community School Board President, says he hopes to avoid forcing educators onto state insurance. He adds that he estimates less than a third of the state’s school corporations are in any such danger.
Dermody says the bill only considers total cost to the corporation, and does not attempt to quantify how much coverage an individual corporation’s plan might buy.
Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Stan Jastrzebski reports from the Indiana Statehouse.