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A bill that makes a statewide health insurance pool for school staff is now headed for Governor Tim Pawlentys desk. It passed the House 77-53 early Friday morning. The Senate approved the bill Monday. Supporters have fence a pool would help limit spikes in payments and put districts in an improved position when manage able insurance plans. Adversary, which contains many metro area school districts and teachers, reason they would miss control in designing their strategy and worry their health insurance costs could improve.
But exponent say the bill should be gaining support after a recent study showed such a pool could save school districts almost one billion dollar over the next ten years. At present when schools are scratching for each dollar, this invoice is a lifeline said Tom Dooher, president of Education Minnesota.
A details from the Minnesota Management and Budget Office shows that if the invoice were ordain, districts could save one ninety million dollar in the first three and half years. School staff could save 77 million dollar.Dooher said that is more than the 175 million dollar Minnesota could get over four years in central Race to the Top dollars for school invention.
But some subway-area school districts and their staff are skeptical of the funds. Many have control increases by making health programs to help workers or employee lead good lifestyles and encouraging the use of basic prescription medicine, said Scott Croonquist, executive director of the Association of Metropolitan School Districts.
It kind of goes in line with the old saying, if it ain’t broke, do not fix it, Croonquist said. What they’re doing works, and they’ve worked very hard to contain costs. They’re worried about losing that sense of ownership. Supporters argue that if districts can’t offer affordable insurance, it hurts not only employees, but also a district’s ability to keep good employees. Justin Bonnett was a teacher in St. Paul Public Schools but left for a job as an English professor at St. Paul College this year. He said teaching in higher education is something he wanted to do at some point, but the district’s health insurance cost was part of the reason he decided to make the career move a bit sooner than expected.
He was paying about eight hundred dollars a month out of pocket for family health coverage. I loved my job in the district. I love my job now Bonnett said. But I have to say, we suspire a lot easier economically now that I am out of the district. And I make reasonable pay. The health insurance is absolutely more realistic.
Pawlenty said he would consider signing the bill as piece of a broader packet of education changes. But as a stand-alone invoice, the Republican governor said, it would meet the similar destiny as two previous versions of the legislation before they worry about enhancing their benefits and their payrolls, they should focus first on what would help children, Pawlenty said. So they have it backward.

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