The smoke has cleared from the legislative battlefield of 2017, and it’s a good time to review the outcome to see who got what — and what lies ahead.
Local school boards in Vermont are now responsible for negotiating an 80/20 split in payment of health care premiums or finding the savings elsewhere in their budgets.
Rutland area school superintendents haven’t taken an official stance on Gov. Phil Scott’s plan for a statewide health care plan for all teachers, but they say the idea offers wide-ranging benefits.
The reality is just now coming home to the teachers that their Cadillac policies are expiring and can’t be replaced without substantial penalty. Fortunately for the teachers, Gov. Scott has come up with a plan that will fund Health Savings Accounts for them, essentially holding teachers harmless by paying the higher deductibles in the new “non-Cadillac” plans.