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School board delays vote on health care changes

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Posted: Jul 20, 2012 7:36 AM
Updated: Jul 20, 2012 7:36 AM
Source: The Advocate

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BATON ROUGE - School board members in East Baton Rouge Parish spent much of the night debating, but could not come to an agreement over changes to employee health insurance.

Members voted against shifting retiree's insurance coverage to Medicare.

The shift would have saved the system around $8.7 million annually.

Meanwhile, board members deferred a vote on the other major health care proposal, which would raise insurance premiums for all system employees and retirees by 33 percent.

The vote is now scheduled to take place next month.

Officials say the rate increase would help close the $6 million deficit in employee health coverage.

The board recently approved plans to trim $28 million from the system's budget and says more cuts are expected down the road.

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