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Ysleta ISD school board approves health insurance increases
By: Stacey Welsh
EL PASO, Texas -- The Ysleta ISD School Board of Trustees voted to approve proposed health insurance rate increases.
The school district presented the proposed changes that YISD would switch from provider network Advantage Care to the CIGNA network. The proposed changes also include the school district increasing its contribution from $370 per employee per month to $410 per employee per month.
"We've got people that are making $15,000 a year. Do you think they can afford this for their families? That means they'd leave their check at the district," Ysleta Teachers Association President Arlinda Valencia said.
The district also told the school board at Wednesday's meeting the fact that about 10 percent of employees are utilizing about 85 percent of the funds is a factor in adjusting the health insurance plans.
Valencia said the school district is trying to push employees away from the current health insurance Plan A. She feels that is because it wants employees to move to proposed Plan C, which she said has lower monthly payments but a drastically higher deductible.
Employees could have to pay a $3,000 deductible under Plan C before monthly payments kick in. The teachers association also said the district could raise monthly payments under Plan A more than $100 a month for a single employee and more than $300 a month for an employee and his or her family.
The school district also proposed a fourth option with a $500 deductible, instead of paying a $1,000 deductible under the previously proposed Plan B. An employee and their family could pay $779 per month under this new option, which is about $75 more per month and $300 more for their deductible than the current Plan A.
Plan A is now the most popular plan under the old system.