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Health care concerns for Memphis teachers emerge

When Memphis teachers merge with Shelby County Schools this fall, Memphis schools union president Keith Williams said their biggest concern is health care costs. When Memphis teachers merge with Shelby County Schools this fall, Memphis schools union president Keith Williams said their biggest concern is health care costs.
Teachers may lose their jobs. Teachers may lose their jobs.

(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Education Association president said when Memphis teachers join the Shelby County School system in August, health care costs will skyrocket.

"Our greatest concern is this insurance," said Memphis Education Association President Keith Williams.

When Memphis teachers merge with Shelby County Schools this fall, Memphis schools union president Keith Williams said their top concern is the blow the new health care calculation will deal to their bank.

"Our insurance in Memphis city is actually doubling this year," he said.

Facing a severe budget gap, the school board made deep cuts.

Teachers may lose their jobs.

Memphis teachers will not get Cost of Living raises, some school services are being outsourced, and now the health care concern.

"Those are things we just didn't expect. It's like getting a decrease in pay," said Williams.

When the school board passed the 2013-2014 budget, they said teachers would end up paying higher health insurance premiums merger or no merger.

"If you're a single person, you're paying something in the range of $400 a month for insurance. For families it's somewhere in the neighborhood of $600," said Williams.

In the coming weeks, the Shelby County Commission will vote on the budget, as is, or they will make adjustments – which could include even more cuts.

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