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Teachers, union call health cost info premature

December 12, 2000

Teachers, union call health cost info premature



Leaders of the Washington County Teachers Association and Educational Support Personnel Local 1 say the recent release of information about cost increases to health insurance for school employees and retirees was premature, a press statement said.

The Board of Education last week said increases in insurance premiums could range from $2.21 per pay to $32.19 per pay, depending on the option chosen and whether an employee chooses single or family coverage.

The board recently approved a three-plan option package that would allow employees to choose from a Preferred Provider Organization, Point of Service plan or an Exclusive Provider Organization.

Sharon Chirgott, president of the WCTA, and Bonnie Parks, president of ESP Local 1, said the groups still have to negotiate the changes before they can approve or disapprove the changes.

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"The insurance issue hasn't been finalized," Parks said in a written statement. "We aren't sure of the premium amounts because they have not yet been negotiated, nor have we had the opportunity to fully advise members about the pros and cons of the new programs."

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