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Jul 10, 2012 7:35 AM by AP

School board puts off Medicare shift for retirees

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Retired employees packed the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Office to oppose a plan to no longer offer supplemental health insurance to almost 2,700 retired employees and instead move them all to Medicare.

The Advocate reports confusion and fear over the change among retirees prompted the board to vote 8-1 Monday to postpone the Medicare shift and instead urged the consulting group that oversees medical spending to come up with a new option a month from now.

In not shifting to Medicare, the board is foregoing, for likely another year, an estimated $.8.7 million in annual savings. Instead, the school system's almost 10,000 active and retired employees will have to pay more to cover a looming shortfall of $6.2 million in 2013.

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