Janesville School District health plan issue defused
JANESVILLE Controversy over the Janesville School District's process for choosing new employee health plans appears to have blown over.
Insurance consultant Bill Boyd presented new information to the school board at its meeting Tuesday night, and board members appeared satisfied.
Boyd passed out information from requests for proposals from Dean and Mercy Health System and suggested an HMO option could be added to the two other plans already discussed with employee groups.
An HMO would have more limits on the selection of providers than employees would have with the other plans, Boyd said.
Boyd said he would be able to present the net costs of various plans at the board's Oct. 23 meeting.
The board is looking to replace the current health plan, which is required by union contracts. Those contracts will expire June 30, 2013, and new state law allows the board to impose higher premium costs on employees without negotiations.
At a previous meeting, board member Kevin Murray in particular had asked why the district wasn't looking for ways to save money on the new health offerings, other than increasing employee premium payments.
Murray and others also said they wanted to see side-by-side cost comparisons.
Boyd said after Tuesday's meeting that he has been pursuing potential savings for months.
It appears that at least some board members were not aware of what Boyd's process had been for preparing plan options.
Murray said after the meeting that he was satisfied, especially at the prospect of seeing estimates of the costs of various health plan options.
Board member Dave DiStefano, who also had voiced concern, said he, too, was satisfied.