- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish School Board and Employee Insurance Advisory Committee will have their first meeting of the year on Tuesday.

The Advertiser reports (https://bit.ly/1f2jY4c ) the meeting is expected to begin a lengthy process to select a third-party administrator for its health plan. Last year, that process became messy amid confusion and changing information. The school board ultimately decided to extend its contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana for one year while it tried to sort out the situation.

The school system is self-insured, but it works with a third party to handle health insurance claims. Blue Cross Blue Shield has served as that provider for the past 17 years, but last year, the board and committee opted not to immediately renew its contract and instead open up the selection process again.

The agenda calls a proposed timeline for the new selection of a third-party administrator. Under that timeline, the district would issue a request for proposals Feb. 17, and receive proposals April 1. A contract would be awarded to a provider on or before May 30.

The summer would be spent on a communication campaign and transition process, if needed.

The open enrollment process would run from Sept. 15 to Nov. 15.


Information from: The Advertiser, https://www.theadvertiser.com

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