SAUGATUCK, Mich. — Saugatuck Public Schools teachers will receive pay raises this year and next, made possible by agreeing to switch from a union-affiliated health insurance to a lower-cost provider, according to The Allegan County News.

Saugatuck Education Association members will receive health care through Priority Health rather than the Michigan Educational Special Services Association, a third-party administrator affiliated with the Michigan Education Association, according to The News.

The district anticipates saving about $3,800 per teacher per year, The News reported, or a total of $246,000 over two years. After raises, the savings still is anticipated to be as much as $90,000 in the second year, according to the report.

SOURCE:
The Allegan County News, “Saugatuck schools, teachers agree to pact,” Nov. 19, 2010

FURTHER READING:
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Most School Health Care Plans are Too Expensive For Michigan,” Feb. 9, 2010

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