Beaverton teachers drop MESSA for Blue Cross Blue Shield

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.


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


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