Rep. Dermody's bill promoting local control, fiscal responsibility for school health insurance heads to Governor's desk
STATEHOUSE - A bill authored by State Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) promoting fiscal responsibility and local controls in schools is headed to the Governor's desk for final approval. House Bill 1260 passed a final House vote on Tuesday after being amended and approved in the Senate.
HB 1260 stipulates that if a school's health insurance plan costs 12 percent or more than the state health insurance plan the school must submit a plan to the State Department of Personnel outlining the school's plan to bring health care costs to within 12 percent of the state's insurance plan within a year. If the school fails to do so they will be required to join the state health insurance program.
"In these difficult economic times it is important that we all spend our money wisely," said Rep. Dermody. "This includes our schools."
"As a former school board member I know that this will help protect school employees and taxpayers alike. Total insurance costs of schools and their employees are around $1.4 billion and grow by 10 percent every year. We need to do what we can to help ease this financial burden and lower their costs while ensuring that their employees and faculty continue to receive health insurance benefits. Many schools in Indiana, including those in my district, are doing the right thing and more need to do the same," said Rep. Dermody.
HB 1260 received bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate and now heads to the Governor's desk to be signed into law.