MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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March 31, 2013

School funds uncertain

Changes could cut fed kindergarten money

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— Health insurance

mandate problematic

The health insurance issue isn’t entirely clear yet, Little said, but the district may have to start providing health insurance for some substitute teachers, and that will have a big financial impact as well.

The Health Care For America plan calls for substitutes working more than 30 hours a week to be provided health coverage and continue to have health coverage provided for another six months after they stop working more than 30 hours.

“Say you have a teacher out for long-term medical — They don’t like putting in a different sub every day because of the kids — and that teacher is in there 35 hours per week,” Little said. “Then, we have to provide health insurance for them. Even when they go back to working one or two days a week, I still have to provide insurance to them for another six months.”

Little said he has a lot of questions on the issue, but he’s preparing for the extra cost, just in case.

“Is the state going to help fund that?” he said. “That’s another thing we have to work into our budget. Do we then make a policy you can’t work more than four days a week as a sub? I just don’t know how that’s going to affect us yet.”

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton@muskogeephoenix.com.

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