CCSD teachers demand help with health coverage

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Clark County School District teachers packed the school board meeting Thursday night to demand help with health coverage. They complained about accounts being sent to collections and doctors dropping coverage due to their health insurance not paying bills.

Their self-funded health insurance, Teacher Health Trust says it is trying to make progress and is committed to helping CCSD educators sort out their problems. But teachers are asking for proof of that progress.

Teachers who rallied ahead of the meeting said they are being mailed bills because THT is not paying up.

“I have to pass my mailbox with dread of what today’s notices are going to be,” said Nicole Hunt, a teacher at Faiss Middle School. “That’s not fair.”

Some said doctors are now dropping them.

“It’s very scary to me. Like oh, I can’t get sick, I’ve got to take care of my teeth, I’ve got to make sure I’m good,” said Anna McCormick, another teacher at Faiss Middle School. “We are in a dire situation.”

Teachers pleaded with the school board and THT Health Thursday night to fix the problems.

Tom Zumtobel, the new CEO of THT Health promised changes under his leadership.

“We have the ability to influence this market, but we have to have credible leadership at the top and drive that forward,” said Zumtobel.

THT Health is dealing with a roughly $40-million deficit this financial year. THT has reduced staff to pump more money into the system. In May CCSD provided an advance of $35-million dollars. But the teacher’s union says the district needs to do more to help.

“We’re going to still run into a deficit every month without a contribution from the district,” said CCEA executive director John Vellardita.

Thursday night’s meeting with only a presentation. No action was taken by the board.

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