A State-commissioned report says a pooled health insurance program could save the education system up to $33.7 million.
The Senate Finance Committee sponsored the report, produced by the Hay Group, as they consider a bill to establish state-managed insurance plans for public school employees.
Union leaders opposed the suggestion. One of Alaska’s largest teacher’s unions, NEA-Alaska, said that mandating that every employee participate in a pooled program would be unfair.
SB90 was introduced by Wasilla Republican Sen. Mike Dunleavy last session and was held over for further study. The Senate Finance Committee said they’ll continue to review the report.