Many school districts across Wisconsin purchase employee health insurance through WEA Trust or other private plans. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker wants to give them another option.
The Republican candidate for governor is proposing a change in state law that would allow school districts to enroll teachers and staff in the same health plan state employees receive. Walker says participation would be voluntary and could result in significant savings for schools.
Walker claims the plan could save school districts up to $68 million a year, and bring down local government costs by up to $242 million as well.
Walker’s primary opponent, Former Congressman Mark Neumann, says it’s a great idea and basically the same as a plan he proposed in March.