Oct 2, 2013 5:14 PM by Chris Welty

LPSS Revisiting Health Insurance Debate Tonight

Tonight, the Lafayette Parish School Board could choose a new insurance provider for the system.

Just a few weeks ago, the board rejected a proposal to switch from Blue Cross to a new company called Key Benefit Administrators. Teachers spoke against the change, saying they were happy with Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Tonight, the issue is back on the agenda.

Debbie Hargrave retired this year after more than 30-years as a teacher in the Lafayette Parish School System. She's happy with Blue Cross Blue Shield.

"It seems like there are a lot of hidden agendas that are not out there and it's not a real honest process," said Hargrave.

Board member Kermit Bouillion is behind the proposal. He claims Blue Cross Blue Shield should be disqualified. He says they changed their bid after it was turned in, something Bouillion says is against the law.

"It's time for a change. Let's put this to rest tonight," said Bouillion.

Even though Bouillion says Blue Cross Blue Shield broke the law, he's proposing a duel-insurance plan with retired teachers on Blue Cross and Active Employees with Key Benefit Administrators.

"If our active employees switch to KBA, the district could save more than eight million dollars," said Bouillion.

Debbie Hargrave disagrees saying, "I find it difficult to believe. If retired teachers are kept segregated from the other teachers, premiums could go up."

Bouillion says if the district saves the projected eight million dollars, that money could be used to build a new school in the Broussard, Youngsville area.

LPSS Risk Management Director Mona Bernard says health benefits will not change. She says the greatest possible change could be the doctors employees will be able to visit.

At tonight's meeting, representatives from Blue Cross and Key Benefit Administrators will be there to answer questions from the board.

Chris Welty


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