PASCO — Teachers from the Tri-Cities and the Mid-Columbia met at 5 p.m. today in the Chiawana High School gym in Pasco to protest a state plan to reform their health care plans.
Senate Bill 6442 would eliminate the current health insurance plans offered to school district employees and place them under a new state department.
Bill advocates said the proposal would save millions of dollars in administrative costs. Opponents said the plan would raise costs to individual school districts and teachers while cutting benefits.
The bill is in the Senate Rules Committee for its second reading, according to the Legislature's records.