MCCSC Considers Plan To Insure Part-Time Employees

The Monroe County Community Schools Corporation School Board met Wednesday to discuss changes it needs to make to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

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Richard Sutton of RE Sutton and Associates speaks to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Judith DeMuth and and the Monroe County School Board Wednesday night at Bloomington South High School.

The Monroe County Community School Corporation will likely make some changes to ensure it is complying with parts of the Affordable Care Act that take effect next year.

A consulting firm presented the school board Wednesday with possible options MCCSC could take to comply with the Affordable Care Act, particularly when it comes to providing benefits for part-time workers.

RE Sutton and Associates owner Richard Sutton says the district already offers what he called a generous health care plan. Only 27 employees, including several substitute teachers, are not covered by existing health care benefits.

“The fact they have insured so many of these people, they’re not new liability,” he says. “They’re not new costs to the school. They’ve already been insured so that’s helped them a lot.”

MCCSC offers three insurance plans to employees that work 25 hours or more per week. Sutton’s firm recommends the board offer one additional plan with a higher deductible to cover the remaining 27 employees and provide some lower paid employees with a more affordable option. That plan would cost the district about $73,000 if all 27 workers signed up for the plan.

District Superintendent Judy Demuth says MCCSC will also need to better monitor the number of hours part-time employees are working because if they work more than 30 hours a week, the school system would be required to offer them health care benefits as well.

“We’re going to have to become very familiar with tracking mechanisms and get something in place that works for both the employee and the employer,” she says.

DeMuth says the district has no plans to reduce worker hours.

Jimmy Jenkins

Jimmy Jenkins is a multimedia journalist for WFIU and WTIU news. A native of Terre Haute, he is a masters student at the Indiana University School of Journalism and is proud to be a part of the public broadcasting stations he listened to and watched since he was a child. Follow him on Twitter @newsjunkyjimmy.

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