May 23—The Manchester school board will consider eliminating health insurance for board members starting in 2024 when it meets tonight at
The full board will also consider asking the
The new recommendations come after a request that the
Members of the Policy Committee —
Policy Committee members voted to recommend going back to the previous arrangement, where board members paid 20% of the cost. In
“When I came on I was floored that I was offered insurance as an employee,” said Leapley. Once elected, she was no longer eligible for that plan because she receives health care coverage through the
“Because we are offered insurance as an employee, it disqualified me for the ACA, which I was qualified for because I was not offered affordable insurance from an employer,” said Leapley.
She pointed out the
According to Leapley, at the time she took office —
Committee members backed recommending eliminating health insurance for school board members.
“So if we’re not offering people insurance anymore then, it removes the thing that disqualifies me from the ACA,” said Leapley. “So for me, I know I can have that again, and I know that may work for other people, too.”
Leapley said she’s frustrated by the situation because she had to give up her “cheap health insurance” and that it’s costing the city money.
“I felt like why are we both paying more?” said Leapley. “That’s super irritating to me and it seemed really silly.”
Cox-Pelletier said any vote by the board to immediately change benefits for current members would constitute a conflict of interest under the city’s charter. She recommended benefits stay as is until a new board is seated in 2024.
School board vice-chair
School board member
“There needs to be some sort of way of making the two boards equally recognized by the taxpayers,” said Want.
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