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Eau Claire School Board chooses new health care plan

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The Eau Claire School Board picks a new health care provider. 

The board took other proposals after the current provider, Group Health, proposed a 16-percent increase in premiums for next year. Monday night, the board chose a new plan.

Under Security Health, care would be provided by Marshfield Clinic. More than half of the district's employees go to Mayo Clinic. Employees will have a choice to stay with Mayo, but it will cost more.

"Those same groups are the ones that will be asked, if they want to seek the medical provider of their choice, and it be outside of the Marshfield Clinic system, then they will be asked to pay an additional amount more per paycheck relative to what they paid last year. For families, it'll be over $500," says Eau Claire Association of Educators President James Martin.

The board says it understands employee's concerns over having to pay more, but also says finances are tight and this option was the best choice for the district.

"And that's the frustration. We would like to be able to provide a health insurance program that doesn't require our employees to continue to have to pay, because they have had a very difficult time in the last two years with the budget, with Act 10 and significant changes in compensation, but this is one way that we'll be able to address what looks to be a five million dollar budget deficit for next year, and that's the best of all worlds. It could be even worse than that," said Eau Claire School Board President Dr. Carol Craig.

The district says it will save more than $1 million dollars next year by switching from Group Health to Security Health. The change will take place this summer.  

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