Committee seeks consultant on health coverage

Jun 25, 2013 -- 4:05pm
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Senate Finance Committee wants to take a closer look at consolidating public school employees under a state-managed health insurance program. The panel is seeking a consultant to provide an actuarial analysis of such a consolidation for the purpose of reducing current health benefit costs for school districts and containing future costs. The solicitation says the consultant also should consider what legal challenges, if any, might arise from such a move. The budget for the work is $350,000. A report would be due by Nov. 1. Sen. Mike Dunleavy introduced a bill late in the last legislative session that would put public school employees under a state plan as a way of standardizing coverage and perhaps saving money.  It garnered some interest but was held over for a closer look.

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