Port Schools Save $920,000 With Insurance Swap from WEA Trust

The Port Washington-Saukville School District's decision to switch insurance providers is a move that has been trending across the state since Gov. Scott Walker signed Act 10 into law, causing an estimated $70 million drop in revenue for WEA Trust.

The will save about $920,000 next year after the board approved changes to its health insurance provider.

The School Board voted to end its "long relationship" with Wisconsin Education Association Trust and instead contract with Humana, according to an article on the Ozaukee Press. The new plan increases employee deductibles for singles from $100 to $500 and for families from $200 to $1,000; it also adds a co-pay of $20 for office visits, and co-pays for urgent care and emergency visits are increased.

While the savings are great to Port schools, the decision is yet another hit suffered by WEA Trust. 

In early April, — for a $537,000 savings — and switched to a one-year contract with Wisconsin Counties Association Group Health Trust. Menomonee Falls School District also saved $1.2 million by . Cedarburg's school district also just switched from WEA.

As of late April, estimates suggest that WEA Trust has lost $70 million in revenue from such insurance swaps statewide, according to an article on WisconsinRapidsTribune.com. The mass amounts of districts changing providers has been a trend since the passage of Act 10, which Gov. Scott Walker signed into law last year. The legislation eliminates many collective bargaining rights, allowing school boards more freedom in choosing health care providers — among other changes.

While this seems like a slow death for WEA Trust, company officials have said they are confident in their business plan, which now includes targeting municipalities and other markets they didn't serve before, according to the WisconsinRapidsTribune.com.

Plus, some school districts may even opt to switch from their current providers to WEA Trust — , though no decision has yet to be made.

What do you think about the changes to the health care providers? Tell us in the comments.

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Sally May 11, 2012 at 03:12 PM
You are so right Ken. Except that the union members believe that "paying your fair share" only appplies to the rich, not to them.
Barb May 11, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Ken and Sally, I second your opinions! And to the editor, why not publish this article in a positive way, mentioning how this saved the district taxpayers and helped keep the same number of teachers for this district? As for WEA Trust, too bad they are losing $70 million in revenue. It only starts to make up for how they overcharged many school districts and taxpayers!
Lyssa Beyer May 11, 2012 at 08:08 PM
The article states the nearly $920,000 saves in the first paragraph, and again notes the savings are great. It's also meant to point out a trend that many district's have been leaving WEA Trust.
Greg May 11, 2012 at 08:26 PM
The overcharges should be pro-rated and refunds should be paid to ALL school districts for ALL years overcharged. We could then hire soooooooooooo many more teachers.
CAB2 May 12, 2012 at 01:48 AM
this is great for the taxpayers-it is unfortunate our school board chose not to do this last year and we could have saved even more money and hired more teachers,improved the school or given the taxpayers a refund.


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