Teachers joining SCS insurance plan could lose money - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Teachers joining SCS insurance plan could lose money

(WMC-TV) - They knew it was coming, but now that the benefits booklets have arrived. It is causing some teachers to crunch numbers and experience sticker shock.

Now that two districts are one, former Memphis City Schools employees are officially being transferred to legacy Shelby County Schools' insurance plan, in which district pays 63 percent of the premium, rather than 70 percent.

Teachers say it amounts to a pay cut.

"When you do the math, there's no way around losing seven percent of your salary," said Memphis Education Association President Keith Williams.

Open enrollment packets are showing up in the mail.

They outline a buffet of options to choose from.

Bottom line, the same coverage will result in more deductions.

Plus, spouses offered insurance elsewhere cannot be on the district's plan.

Teachers from across the county took to a closed Facebook group to vent.

One teacher posted, "I'll be paying about $800 a month."

Another was paying $350, now $550.

"I'm literally sick," wrote one.

Teachers, do not ignore the mailer. Even if keeping coverage options the same, you have to send it back within two weeks or you will not have any insurance this year because this is the only open enrollment of the year.

The district is holding a series of informational open houses over the next two weeks. Employees are urged to attend to learn more.

Action News 5's Nick Kenney will have more on this story Wednesday on Action News 5 at 5 p.m., including what some teachers affected are saying about the changes.

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