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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve the Health Insurance Renewal for 2018
Following the district’s 2016 Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) for health insurance, Humana Medical Plan, Inc. was selected and subsequently committed to a slight rate decrease in 2017, and a rate increase cap of 6% in 2018 (the national trend is an increase of approximately 8.5%). There are slight plan design changes and an increase of $0.05 per employee per month by Aetna, the district’s Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) provider. After decreasing the Board contribution for opt outs to $720, the final proposal requires a Board and employee increase of 3%. In addition, with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) still in place, there is a Health Insurance Fee of approximately $5 million paid by the district.

Highlights of the 2018 renewal include:
-Employee cost for CoverageFirst Local remains $0
-$1,000 up-front benefit allowance on CoverageFirst Local continues
-Employees who have other group health insurance coverage may opt out of the district’s plan and
 receive up to $720 credit for the year to purchase voluntary benefits
-Wellbeing program for all benefit-eligible employees, including those who opt out of the district’s health
-ESE Unique Aides and 1:1 aides will cost an additional $1,636,314 to be paid by ESE funding.
• Establish a strong foundation of financial stewardship
Funds in the amount of $159,812,890 will be available in the Employee Benefits Department 2017/2018 fiscal year budget.  For tracking purposes, the project number specific to this agenda item is 9999.
Health insurance data trends are reviewed at least quarterly, and rates are renewed annually.
SUBMITTED BY:  Dr. Tracy Schatzberg, General Manager of Employee Benefits
Marie E. Whelan, Ed.D.   Dr. Alberto Vázquez
Interim Chief Human Resources Officer
  Chief of Staff
(813) 272-4986
    C 4.06
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170718_816 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 4.06