Comments for: Competitive health insurance bids for school districts will help lower property taxes

Posted Oct. 22, 2012, at 4:01 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 22, 2012, at 5:18 p.m.

Because of a new law passed by the state Legislature, local school districts across Maine are now able to seek competitive bids in providing health insurance for teachers, staff and their families. Industry professionals estimate possible savings of up to 15 percent for the second-most expensive item in school budgets …

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  • Anonymous

    More financial snake oil sales from the GOP. They are not to be trusted on the economy or national security. Or much else.

    • Anonymous

       exactly .  “could” ,  “may” ,  “potential.” etc  MEA gets a great deal now because of bulk purchasing power.

    • Anonymous

      So you suggest that we should place our trust in the teachers’ union?  Why do you suppose that they were so adament in refusing to share claims data that would have enabled competitive bidding by other insurance carriers?  Why do you suppose that they were so focused on protecting a monopoly relationship?  Could it have had anything to do with the MEA wanting to protect a revenue sharing arrangement with Anthem Blue Cross?  Wake up! 

      • Anonymous

        I am wide awake to the fact that the GOP insurance “reform” has led to premium raises throughout the state for small businesses and self-insurers. There’s no good reason to trust these guys on anything to do with saving money for average folks.

        • Yawningattrolls

          Wait until you see what Obamacare does to insurance rates (and the “extra taxes embedded within the bill). People will be screaming, but too bad……..

          • Anonymous

            We shall see. What’s fact is that GOP health insurance policies have caused rates to rise.

          • Anonymous

            Show me a bill that does not have  add on’s   both parties do it  .

  • Anonymous

    Insurance rates go down with higher numbers of participants. Lose your insurance due to a job loss and see how much it will cost you to buy the same coverage on your own. To think that a small town in Washington County can get a better rate per school employee vs. a state wide pool of participants is highly doubtful.

    If however all the teachers in Maine were in one pool and the bid went out for all of them, plus you can find a insurance company or companies that are willing to bid for the business. You might get a better rate. Being as I’m fairly cynical, I doubt that there would be any saving in cost unless there was a much reduced coverage package.

    • Anonymous

      well stated and making sense of the obvious.  He’s worried, (Poliquin) about insurance expenses for teacher?…….what about the rest?   And this……is a person who ran for his party’s nomination as Senator?   

    • Anonymous

      Before they bid on the insurance you will see they will  look at all the medical history  an there age of the people  so it could cost more for insurance an the medical history of there families  .

    • Yawningattrolls

      Actually if the district required teachers to pay a larger portion of their insurance it would save a bundle; most citizens would be outraged to see what a teacher pays for health insurance……how do I know – retired teacher here.

      • Anonymous

        I wonder what the legislators pay for insurance? I wonder if there would be any outrage there?

    • Anonymous

      One of the following facts is true the other false.  Which is which do you think?

      Insurance companies lobbied the legislature in favor of this law.

      Insurance companies will make less money under this law.

      • Anonymous

        Let me go way out on a limb here ( I’m afraid of hights) and say the insurance companies lobied in favor of this law.

  • Anonymous

    As we all know by now, if it comes out of Poliquin, it is probably a bunch of horse-pucky. He and honesty are not on speaking terms.

  • Anonymous

    The first time a smaller school district “experiences” a prolonged catastrophic healthcare “loss”, it will find out how “competitive” the rates will suddenly become. 

  • Anonymous

    I’d be watching those ‘competitive’ policies closely. Most likely they will be the kind where there are high co-pays and ginormous deductibles. So in essence, no ‘insurance’ at all. So thank you Republicans for once again handing taxpayer money to private for-profit companies for no  benefits to Maine citizens. Very ALEC of you. 

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