BEAVERTON, Mich. — Teachers at Beaverton Rural Schools have dropped MESSA and adopted Blue Cross Blue Shield as their insurance provider in their new three-year contract, according to The Midland Daily News. The switch will save the school district about $300,000 annually. MESSA is the Michigan Education Special Services Association, a third-party administrator affiliated with the Michigan Education Association teachers union.

The Daily News reports the district will also replace the 15 percent copay with a hard cap for premiums, a move that will save each teacher between $100 and $400 per month.

SOURCE:

The Midland Daily News, “Beaverton Schools approve teacher contract after 19 months of negotiations," Feb. 1, 2012

FURTHER READING:

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Schools Should Fund Learning, Not Insurance Companies,” Jan. 9, 2012

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