On Friday, September 13th, the SDPBC came to a 1-year agreement with the healthcare bargaining coalition (all of the unions, collectively) for the 2020 calendar year.
Below you will find important information about the 2020 Healthcare agreement and/or changes that will take effect on January 1, 2020:
First, there will be NO INCREASES to monthly premiums, co-pays, or costs of any kind through the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for any of the available healthcare plans. The initial District proposal called for the family medical plan to increase premiums by $50 per month. This was ultimately defeated through the negotiations process after opposition from all bargaining units.
Second, if you have a spouse or family healthcare plan, each individual adult (employee or spouse/domestic partner) will be able to qualify for 1/2 ($300 each) of the Wellness Benefit rebate. Prior to this change, both the employee AND their spouse/domestic partner had to participate and pass the Wellness Tests to qualify for the $600 premium rebate. Starting in 2020, the employee OR their spouse may independently qualify for 1/2 of the rebate ($300). It is no longer “all or nothing” for the Wellness Rebate for adults under the family or spouse plans.
Third, the SDPBC has agreed to establish an onsite health clinic to be located adjacent to the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center. This clinic will provide primary healthcare services for employees and any dependents covered under the District medical plan at lower co-pays. The clinic is expected to open by July 2020 and will operate for two years as a trial run. Use and outcomes will be examined at that time. For calendar year 2020 and 2021, the co-pay will be $10 per visit for employees and dependents enrolled in the HMO medical plans. For the same time period, those employees and dependents enrolled in the CDHP medical plan will have a cost of $25 per visit.
***It is the hope of CTA and the other bargaining units that if this trial run period proves successful, the SDPBC will be open to setting up additional clinic(s) in the future to allow for wider geographical coverage throughout the county.***
Lastly, all bargaining units have agreed to actively promote the Wellness Benefits Program to their membership in an effort to increase participation by 10% within each unit. This means that you will begin receiving periodic updates/information from CTA in the future about the Wellness Benefits Program, to encourage higher participation levels.