Teachers getting more cuts to health insurance

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

(WEAU) La Crosse County- In some school districts teacher’s health insurance is going to be slashed next year.

In order to balance the budget a lot of schools have to decide between cutting programs or employee’s benefits.

This means teachers could pay higher deductibles and more out of pocket expenses.

Ed Ludwig, a first grade teacher from Hamilton Eementary would consider leaving Wisconsin if the cuts become too much.

“At some point it’s not going to be worth my while teaching here. I have strong ties to the community strong ties to the state it’s a very beautiful place to be. At some point if wages and benefits keep getting cut, I’ll look elsewhere," said Ludwig.

The cuts in health insurance will directly affect Ludwig next year.

“For me it will cost me more when I go to the doctor. I will be paying out of pocket. There will be a higher deductible," said Ludwig.

Steve Glandt, Executive Director of the Coulee Region United Educators, doesn’t foresee an end to teacher cuts any time soon.

“How do we continue to provide the same service and the same quality of education with less and less? We are going to start looking at programs to cut, staff to cut, or cut the wages and benefits of that staff," said Glandt.

For teachers their insurance is just as important to them as their wages. Next year when they have to go to the emergency room, doctor’s office, or to the dentist, they may have to think twice.

“For teachers, who already lost 10-15 % of their income this year, are looking at paying another thousand or two for their deductible," said Glandt.

Onalaska School District had its insurance bids come in today. They hope to make its final decision by March.

“The goal is to get the best plan for the money and of course if we can save money on it, it frees up money for other places it’s sorely needed," said Larry Dalton, Director of Finance for the Onalaska School District.

District leaders will have the final say in what type of insurance is offered next year.

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