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School insurance concerns addressed

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A Lafayette Parish School Board member and the superintendent came together to clear the air Tuesday when the school board insurance committee met. What some educators thought to be an issue, turned out to be just the opposite.

School board member Doctor Tehmi Chassion says he wants people to understand there's nothing on the table about teachers having to go to a school clinic, before insurance will pay for them to go to a doctor.

The clinic idea would a benefit not a requirement.

Chassion: "You never have to go that clinic you can always go to your primary care physician and its just a lagniappe bonus that is very far down the pipeline."

Retired teacher Butch Mouton says he's glad to hear that. He heard about the clinic situation too.

Mouton: "I think it's a matter of miscommunication. I think that's a good word for it."

Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper also weighed-in. Dr. Cooper explained he doesn't have anything to do with the process or with making a motion for premium dollars to be used to pay for clinics in schools.

Cooper: "I did want to set the record straight that there's nothing going on under the cover here. I don't have the power to do anything but to listen just like you."

Rina Tikia of Tikia consulting group says she represents Lafayette Parish employees and the school system.

Tikia says the on-site clinics are long term projects - they may happen they may not happen - either way they're a choice.

Tikia: "you have a choice if and when we have an on-site clinic you either can go to the doctor that you are always seeing or go to your on-site clinic and pay maybe a zero co pay. So in fairness we're not taking anything away from employees we're giving you more choices"

And choices are what retired teacher butch mouton can live with - especially if the choices are out in the open.

Mouton: "Feed me the elephant, but just give it to me one bite at a time." Now the consultant plans to recommend another company instead of Blue Cross Blue Shield. She's banking on key benefit administrators.

 

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