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    Health costs rise for Torrance teachers as a result of layoff fears

    In an example of the unexpected consequences that can come in the wake of widespread layoffs, the cost of health benefits for hundreds of teachers that survived last year's bloodbath at the Torrance hogan outlet online Unified School District is skyrocketing. Last school year, with hundreds of teachers and other district employees fearing for their hogan donne outlet jobs as well as their attendant michael kors sale uk health benefits an unusually large number of them visited their doctors to take care of procedures and checkups they'd long been putting off. An abnormally high number also underwent major procedures sac longchamp prix costing at least $50,000, such as knee replacements, hip replacements, back surgeries and heart surgeries, officials say. "When the economy stutters and when you see a recession and when layoffs occur, it has a dramatic effect on the utilization (of benefits)," canada goose outlet said Laurie Silva of Mercer, the district's insurance consultant, speaking to the Torrance school board last week. "People do go out and get all the services done that maybe they've been putting off." This had the effect canada goose roma of racking up claims in 2009 10, with the school district picking up the tab. In just one year, the unusually high spike in doctor visits among teachers and other employees has exhausted the district's fund for insurance subsidies, turning a $338,000 surplus into a $1 million deficit and counting. Consequently, the out of pocket cost for the medical only health plans for teachers with one dependent usually a spouse has tripled, from $1,330 last year to about $4,000 in 2010 11. The cost for those with family plans has doubled in a year, from $3,830 annually to about $7,800. tiffany italia The good news is that teachers and staff with solo plans about 60 outlet hogan percent of the 1,480 employees on the rolls still pay nothing for the coverage, because the district picks up the entire tab. But officials say they, too, may soon have to pay out of pocket. "I think we'll see more increases next year," said Donald Stabler, the district's deputy superintendent of administrative services. The price hike exacerbates an already tough time for teachers in Torrance. Last spring, as a result of the state's historic budget mess, the Torrance Unified School District sent layoff notices to about 160 of its roughly 1,200 mbt outlet milano teachers. That number has canada goose femme since decreased to 50 because schools have updated their master schedules. But officials don't expect the number of out of work teachers to diminish much more. Moreover, surviving teachers will endure a 3.5 percent pay tiffany outlet online cut moncler outlet roma as a result of a furlough that will shorten the school year by five days. Mario Di Leva, executive director of the Torrance teachers union, said that between the furloughs and the health benefits, many teachers are facing a $5,000 to $7,000 pay cut next year. "The only thing piumini moncler outlet we can do from a giubbotti peuterey outlet teacher's perspective is to negotiate a higher district contribution," he said. "That's an chaussure nike tn pas cher impossibility in this day and age. Districts are cutting, not embellishing." Compounding the michael kors watches issue is how labor laws force school districts to lay off the newest teachers. This drains the risk pool of many younger teachers, who tend to be healthier and less prone to making frequent doctor visits. "With the change in chaussure louboutin pas cher your population, you tiffany outlet are left with, frankly, older, sicker people," Silva said. "You don't have the younger mbt outlet milano folks offsetting that group." School board members appeared disappointed by the news, and at a loss for ideas on how to remedy the situation. "I'm just feeling for the people that didn't see this coming," trustee Al Muratsuchi said. Di Leva of the teachers union said the rise in claims may also owe to the stress of layoffs and added workloads, which he said takes a toll on teachers' health. "You're not only mentally exhausted, you're physically exhausted," mbt milano he said. The federal health care reform bill signed into law in March by President Barack Obama could also affect the local costs, district officials say. For instance, beginning this fall, the district will be required to include children as dependents until age 26 on family plans. Until now, the plan covered children as dependents until age 19, at which point they must show they are full time students to remain covered. Beginning Oct. 1, children up to age 26 will remain covered no matter what.

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