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Staying healthy is now cheaper for employees of the York County School Division.
Health insurance premiums for division employees are set to drop an average of 6.6 percent for the next school year. The York County School Board unanimously approved the renewal of the division’s health plans at its meeting Monday night.
The decrease in costs is largely attributable to lower-than expected number of claims from employees for the last year, limiting the amount paid out.
YCSD’s health plan offerings remain unchanged for employees, and each comes with a lower premium. Monthly savings range from $2 to $42 for 12-month employees and $2.40 to $47.40 for 10-month employees, depending on the plan and family status.
School Board Chairman Mark Medford said he was “very proud” of the division’s ability to lower health care costs for its employees.
“It’s amazing for the school division,” Medford said.
The school board also voted to lower maximum out-of-pocket amounts for plan holders to come into compliance with new requirements laid out by the Affordable Care Act. Beginning next school year, plan holders will see a combined medical and drug out-of-pocket expense of $3,500 for individuals and $7,000 for families. The division currently has separate out-of-pocket maximums for medical and drug expenses.
The division’s dental plan offerings will also remain unchanged, but some plans will see slightly increased costs. Ten-month and 12-month employees on the Delta DentalCare plan will see monthly costs increase go up on a range from 50 cents to $1.80.
YCSD uses Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield to provide health insurance for its employees and Delta Dental for dental insurance.
The new rates are scheduled to go into effect Oct. 1.