Pierre School District Employees To See No Increase In Health Insurance Premiums Next Year

(KCCR)– Employees of the Pierre School District will not be paying more for health insurance next year. Business Manager Darla Mayer told the Pierre School Board Monday night employee premiums will not go up for the next term…

“Our employee health insurance year begins on July 1.  As you recall, we are part of the South Dakota Health Pool that’s administered by the Associated School Boards of South Dakota.  For the upcoming year, I’m happy to share the news that we will have a zero-percent increase, all premiums will remain the same.”
While the premiums will not be increasing the number of available options for employees will be reduced…

“Our most participation currently is in the highest deductible plan, 3500-dollar plan which has 114 employees obviously will want to continue to offer that.  After that, our second-highest participation is in the 2500-dollar deductible plan, where we have 40 employees participating and then after that we have 20 employees in Option 2, which is the 1500-dollar deductible plan.”
The last two health plans combined have only 17 participating employees. Mayer recommended the Board abandon the final two plans and stay with the top three most participated plans. Superintendent Dr. Kelly Glodt says a zero-percent increase of insurance premiums is rare…

“I think it’s pretty unbelievable given the times that we are at a zero-percent increase.  That’s because we’re part of the pool.  That’s because of the Board’s commitment a few years ago to get the Pool out of financial straits, if you would.  So, they are doing tremendous now and that to me is amazing how healthy that Pool became in a pretty short period of time, so…a zero-percent increase is pretty unheard of now.”
The Associated School Boards of South Dakota Health Insurance Pool has 12 plans for districts to choose from. The Pierre School District will be allowed on a yearly basis to reevaluate the current insurance options, but will only be permitted to retain three options for employees to choose from.