Health Care Troubles

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Health insurance is one of the fastest growing expenses for schools nationwide, and Michigan is no different.

The state is now looking at ways to cut healthcare costs for Michigan public schools. The Michigan Senate is calling for a study of the issue, in hopes of finding new options that might make health care premiums cheaper.

One of the options could include placing all local plans into a statewide pool that could save money on administrative and purchasing costs.

The Michigan Educational Special Services Association provides coverage for 50-percent of the school market in Michigan.

They say the limited study does not take a broad look at the health care issue, adding the state of Texas tried a statewide healthcare pool.

MESSA says, the following year, there was an $854 million deficit in the pool for school employees.