Non-certified school employees — bus drivers, parapros, secretaries, janitors — could find themselves without insurance benefits in a few years if a plan by the state’s Board of Community Health (BCH) goes forward.
The BCH approved a massive rate increase plan in mid-December, which is set to go into effect over the next three years.
Madison County school superintendent Allen McCannon told the board of education during its Jan. 10 meeting that the increases called for in the plan will cost the school system an additional $1.44 million per year by 2015. The first increase will occur July 1 of this year, where the employer’s rate will increase to $446 per month per employee, an increase of $150 per month. The increases will continue in $150 per-employee per-month increments each July in 2013 and 2014.
“The budget picture for next year has definitely taken a turn for the worst,” McCannon said.
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