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CCSD teacher health insurance concerns hot topic at upcoming school board meeting

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Teachers are being denied medical protection or having payments despatched to collections, because of their health insurance not paying up.

According to the Clark County Education Association (CCEA), Teachers Health Trust (THT Health) has been underfunded for greater than a decade.

Now the health supplier is experiencing a rise in medical claims which are outpacing the money they’re receiving.

“I’ve had doctors basically say ‘we’re not seeing any Teachers Health Trust patients’ and I’ve started getting bills in the mail of unpaid claims,” says Jim Castellani who teaches math at Desert Oasis High School.

He tells 8 News Now he has greater than $1,000 in unpaid claims. “I feel like we have been left in the dark, as teachers, for too long with no idea of what’s happening or what they’re going to do to fix it,” he provides.

In May, the Clark County School District supplied an advance of $35M to assist.

THT Health additionally not too long ago employed new administration and a brand new claims processing company.

During a July podcast, the CCEA mentioned they’re taking important steps to recuperate.

“It’s not a light switch folks, it’s complicated. It’s going to take some time to get on the road to recovery,” mentioned John Vellardita who’s the manager director of the CCEA.

Castellani says they want extra communication on a timeline.

“How are those negotiations going? When will they be complete? When will teachers know if they’re going to be subject to billing? I mean there’s a lot of unanswered questions,” he provides.

Now Castellani is fearful that this many points with health insurance will result in fewer academics making use of to the district.

“It’s going to be difficult to attract people to a profession where we can’t pay our bills or won’t pay our bills, and basically don’t communicate to you for months on what the plan is,” he says.

8 News Now reached out to the teacher’s union and THT Health for extra data however didn’t obtain a response at the time of the story deadline.

Both the teacher’s union and THT Health are anticipated to present displays at Thursday’s CCSD school board meeting.

Teachers are anticipated to carry a rally outdoors the board meeting on Thursday.

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