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Kilgore bill would let local school workers buy state’s health insurance

January 24th, 2014 10:45 pm by Wes Bunch

Kilgore bill would let local school  workers buy state’s health insurance

RICHMOND — Delegate Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City, introduced legislation in subcommittee Friday that would allow local school system employees to purchase their health insurance from the state’s plan.

Kilgore said HB 1016 is designed to cover local school board employees, teachers and school personnel under the umbrella of the Virginia State Health Insurance Plan.

The legislation is scheduled to be heard next week in the Virginia House of Delegates General Laws subcommittee, of which Kilgore is a member.

Kilgore said the legislation has the potential to lower costs for those who choose the plan.

“This bill would potentially save local school board employees hundreds of dollars per month compared to plans that they currently have.” Kilgore said, “With the passage of Obamacare, healthcare costs continue to rise and anything the state can do to reduce that burden should be a welcomed move.” 

Kilgore added: “I’ve had conversations with local school superintendents and most seem to be supportive.” 

Kilgore likened the potential savings to a raise for school employees.

“If this bill passes, it will be tantamount to a pay increase for our school teachers and school personnel because of the hundreds of dollars it could potentially save them per month,” Kilgore said.

If passed, local school boards would need to vote to accept the plan before employees would be able to purchase coverage from it.


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