Looks like some of you UISD employees woke up to some disturbing news today. It looks like your out of pocket expenses for insurance are going up for your health insurance. I don't know why any of you would expect anything different. Insurance all across America is going up.
As the article states, expansion of services mandated under the Affordable Care Act, such as women's preventive care (my add, free birth control) and tax credits for middle-class families, creates cost, and employers are perhaps the most likely to absorb it.
That last part, that employers are the most likely to absorb the cost, I don't agree with. Most likely, like UISD, employers are going to pass on the cost to employees in higher premiums co-pays, and higher deductibles. And, expect those that can will quit providing health insurance to employees, and let them fend for themselves in the "open" market that is the Affordable Care Act.
As Robert Chapa, UISD Risk Management Director, stated, a reprieve from increasing insurance plans isn't likely to come soon. He further stated, "Is it going down? I don't see how.....Somebody is going to pay for it. It's not free."
What did he say? Government money is not FREE. What a surprise.