Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Schoolin' the Pool

Six years later, the Ohio legislature is again looking at reimplementing health insurance pooling for school districts:

"Mandatory health-insurance pooling for schools, a concept that last saw heavy Statehouse debate in 2005, could be poised for a comeback."

It's thought (hoped) that by joining together, they can leverage greater numbers into greater savings.

How much savings?

Well, it depends on whom you ask, but it's estimated that such a scheme could save school districts, and the state, upwards of $190 million a year (granted, that's at the high end).

The downside?

Well first, there's all those pesky collective bargaining agreements. Then, there's the logistics of implementing a rather large overhaul of education funding. And, once the dust clear, there's no guarantee that there will be any substantive savings.

Oh, and kudos to the Dispatch, which clearly and repeatedly referred to health insurance (avoiding the ubiquitous, yet annoying, conflation with health care).

[Hat Tip: FoIB Holly R]
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