Manchester looking for alternatives to MESSA

MANCHESTER, Mich. – Manchester Community Schools recently approved a new agreement with its teachers union to limit health insurance costs and will seek a new provider, according to The Manchester Enterprise.

The district made the change to comply with a new state law and will pay a maximum of $5,500 for single employees and $15,000 for family plans, The Enterprise reported.
Manchester also is considering joining a consortium with nearby districts in order to seek a less expensive insurance option, The Enterprise reported. The district currently purchases insurance through the Michigan Education Special Services Association, a third-party administrator that is affiliated with the MEA.
SOURCE: The Manchester Enterprise, “Manchester Schools: Board ratifies agreement with teachers’ union in special meeting,” July 1, 2012
FURTHER READING: Michigan Capitol Confidential, “MEA Ignores Reality in Complaints About Health Care Cost Increases," May 3, 2012