2 months, 2 weeks ago by Bob Gough
District looks to shift to Blue Cross/Blue Shield for district employees
The Quincy School District is one step closer to switching the health insurance coverage for District employees.
The Quincy School Board voted Monday morning to move from a self-insured plan to coverage from Blue Cross/Blue Shield. District employees must still vote to accept the change and the School Board has a special meeting scheduled for Friday to finalize the deal and a new labor contract with the Quincy Federation of Teachers.
School Board President Stephanie Erwin said the plan will cost the District about $7.7 million dollars next year, which is a savings of about $500,000. The new coverage would go into effect October 1.
The District and QFT agreed to this as part of a tentative labor agreement that was struck Thursday night. Teachers will meet at Baldwin Intermediate School late this afternoon and will have until Wednesday to vote on the plan.
The District is using a broker out of Iowa to manage the new Blue Cross/Blue Shield policy. Cottingham & Butler of Dubuque will be paid $50,000 for their service.