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LPSS extends BCBS contract

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The Lafayette Parish School Board voted to stay put. Blue Cross/Blue Shield will continue to be the school district's third party health insurance administrator; but only for a year. Lafayette Parish District Attorney Mike Harson went before the Lafayette Parish School Board Tuesday. Harson reminded the board he's merely making a suggestion.

On october 2, the board  approved Key Benefit Administrators as the school districts new health insurance administrator; but the item was to be an introduction and not an item for action. Harson explained the decision was a technical violation of the open meetings law. The law requires reasonable public notification about what's being done. "If you don't do that, then you start putting me in that position I just mentioned; because I'm part of the enforcement which means I could be forced to take action against the board," added Harson.

Harson reminded board members about the attorney that's been appointed to the board from his office. Attorney Roger Hamilton suggested the board re-start the search for a health insurance provider, but that didn't happen. "We give you an opinion and we get nine different lawyers and nine different opinions. Somewhere down the line to me it's got to stop," says Harson.

The board elected to stay with Blue Cross/Blue Shield for one calendar year. Larry Blackman of BCBS said the company is ready for the renewal. The coverage will remain the same. Nothing he said will change. "So it requires no action on your part.  Just renew and move on," added Blackman.

The board's vote for Key Benefit Administrators was declared null and void. Board Member Greg Awbrey shared his opinion about the meeting. "The rules were only part of the problem. That was the direction the board went in. I guess it's easier to understand; I don't know. I think we're at a place where we can defend now," explained Awbrey.

Even those board members who were not necessarily supporters of this idea agree that doing the process over again is the best thing for all of us," says Board President Shelton Cobb.

The board voted to send out a request for proposals. The board was reminded to start the process start early; it's approximately a six month process.

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