JUNEAU, Alaska - Two bills in the Legislature would centralize the health insurance used for all of Alaska's school employees.
SB90 and HB196 would require Alaska's 53 school districts to participate in an insurance policy selected by the commissioner of the Department of Administration.
The districts currently negotiate their own policies from various providers, according to the Senate bill's sponsor, Sen. Mike Dunleavy.
Dunleavy's office says that by coming together, Alaska's public school employees will be able to negotiate a much larger or cheaper policy.
The National Education Association of Alaska said the measure "directly attacks public education" because it's a distraction from the issue of school funding.
The organization's president, Ron Fuhrer, said it's unclear if the measure will save money. He added that it removes some local control from the districts.