Grand Haven insurance changes

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - Secretaries in the Grand Haven Public Schools will receive pay raises and another salary step in exchange for agreeing to insurance changes, according to the Grand Haven Tribune.

The bargaining unit, which includes 43 members, agreed to accept Michigan Education Special Services Association Choices II and an increase in prescription co-pays. MESSA is a third-party administrator associated with the Michigan Education Association school employees union that outsources insurance underwriting to Blue Cross Blue Shield, then resells the packages to school districts.

John Thatcher, assistant superintendent for human services, said the co-pay change will save the district enough money to fund half of the salary increases, the Tribune reported.

Grand Haven Tribune, "GHAPS secretaries to receive pay increase," Sept. 16, 2008

Michigan Education Report, "Health insurance: Reformed, but not resolved," Sept. 16, 2008