Yesterday afternoon, I had an opportunity to testify in the House Appropriations committee on HB 1042, a bill to stop collecting data on K 12 health insurance. Though there wasn’t much testimony on the bill, it gave me a forum to explain why this data is collected and more important, the connection to affordable health care for classified employees and their families.
Though I will include the actual testimony below, this issue has a history that goes back to 1990. The legislature passed a law in 1990 to require school districts to offer more affordable insurance to employees with families. Over the years, it became obvious that school districts were not following the law. And in 2012, PSE passed SB 5940 which among other things required school districts to provide the state insurance data so the state could see what they were or were not doing. The data is in and it is clear that school districts have done little to provide affordable insurance to all school employees, especially classified employees with families.
Though I didn’t oppose the bill, I explained that the problems are only getting worse so if they don’t get data from school districts, we will provide them anecdotes from our members.
Here’s the hearing on the bill…