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KCS staff votes down health plan proposal

October 1st, 2013 9:29 pm by Rick Wagner

KCS staff votes down health plan proposal

KINGSPORT  — City school system teachers and other employees have voted down a proposal to switch to a self-insured health plan.

That means Kingsport City Schools will stay with the Tennessee health insurance plan for the time being, although Superintendent Lyle Ailshie said he wanted to do a survey of those who voted against it to find out why.

By law, the employees must approve any insurance change, and benefits can’t be reduced by the change.

The vote among 953 KCS employees, those eligible for health insurance benefits, was 304 for a self-funded insurance plan compared to 411 against one, with 238 not voting.

So the Board of Education voted Tuesday night at its regular October meeting to reject all proposals for umbrella insurance and an administrator for a self-insured plan.

At the request of Board of Education member Andy King, Ailshie said he would survey those who voted for it, too.

Read the full report in the print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition.

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