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  • Blue Springs school employees will pay a bit more for insurance

  • Employees in the Blue Springs School District will see a health insurance increase next year that can only be described as minimal.

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  • Employees in the Blue Springs School District will see a health insurance increase next year that can only be described as minimal.
    The Blue Springs Board of Education approved the medical, dental and vision insurance Monday.
    The providers for all three insurance coverages will remain the same - Cigna for medical, Delta Dental for dental coverage and Vision Service Plan for vision. While the premiums for the dental and vision coverage will remain the same, there will be a 2 percent increase for medical coverage for the 2013-14 school year. This follows no change in premiums for the 2012-13 school year.
    Superintendent Paul Kinder said main reason for the increase is help offset new federal requirements as well as providing for additional areas of women’s health. He said without those, there was a good chance premiums would have remained the same for a second year. In addition, the district joined a self-insured health consortium with Grain Valley and Smithville last year, which has also helped to offset some insurance costs.
    “We felt this will save us a lot of money over the long haul,” Kinder said. “We also have five more districts interested in joining the consortium.”
    Dave Wright, president of the Board of Education, said joining the consortium will be a huge benefit to the district.
    “This (the consortium) covers thousands of employees who all benefit from the lower rates,” he said. “It just makes good sense.”
    The board also approved the hiring of Tim Jones as the Director of Technology for the 2013-14 school year. Currently, the instructional coach for mathematics, he has 24 years of experience in education. He will replace Dave Elton, who is retiring in June.
     
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