Teachers worry about rising health costs

If something isn't done more of them will drop out of the profession.
If something isn't done more of them will drop out of the profession.

Texas teachers gathered Saturday to say they are choking on soaring health care costs and if something isn’t done more of them will drop out of the profession.

These teachers say their premiums can run $1200 to$1500 a month and premiums on even the lower plan include a deductible of $2400.

Meanwhile, the state only kicks in $75 towards their coverage.

They want help from districts, the legislature and their own retirement system.

“Right now in the past three years our premiums have increased between 9% and 25% each year,” said Central Texas President of the State Teacher’s Association, Susan Seaton. “A lot of teachers leave their districts in the first five years and it’s becoming more and more of a problem because they can’t afford the health care and benefits.”

Many teachers point out the state hasn’t increased it’s kick-in for insurance premiums in more than a decadeand they want the system to also shop around for more affordable programs.

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