Sauk Prairie School “Board leaves teachers’ health benefits as-is”

From the Sauk Prairie Eagle

The board was considering changes that would have increased how much teachers pay for office visits and prescription drugs. Under the new plan, teachers would have paid $6 for generic prescription drugs, $10 for brand name drugs and $15 for visits to a doctor’s office.

After the school board’s vote Monday night, teachers will continue to pay $2 for brand name or generic drugs and nothing for visits to a doctor’s office.

The school board was considering the change because the cost to the district of the teachers’ health-care plan is expected to rise 5 ½ percent for the next school year or about $300,000 said Superintendent Craig Bender.

If the school board had approved both the increased co-pays for prescription drugs and office visits instead of watching health-care costs rise, business manager Judy Weinstock said the change would have saved the district about $80,000.

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