Health Plans from Priority Health Save Schools Thousands

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A new set of packages from Priority Health gives schools the opportunity to save thousands on their health care costs. PriorityEDUSM enables school districts to save up to $2,000 per teacher in annual costs. One option provides guaranteed, predictable pricing for three years, which will help districts with long-term budget planning.

“It’s one of the reasons we chose to announce during National Teacher Appreciation Week.”

“The economic challenges facing Michigan schools are very serious,” noted Kimberly K. Horn, president and CEO of Priority Health. “We are pleased to introduce PriorityEDU as an affordable option for local school districts when dealing with impending state budget cuts.”

PriorityEDU represents our commitment to help schools save money, teachers’ jobs and ultimately benefit Michigan’s children,” adds Horn. “It’s one of the reasons we chose to announce during National Teacher Appreciation Week.”

PriorityEDU offers several product options to enable schools to lower their health care costs while maintaining outstanding benefits. All PriorityEDU plans cover preventive health care services and access to a network that includes 95 percent of the providers in Michigan. Priority Health plans offer coverage to employees wherever they live or travel.

“For over 25 years, Priority Health has been a leader in providing all people access to affordable and excellent health care,” said Horn. “We are able to provide significant cost savings because of our low overhead and proven track record of reducing unnecessary costs. We achieve some the best scores in the nation for getting members in for their preventive services. This allows us to keep people healthy and to catch problems early before they turn into more serious and expensive health problems.”

Priority Health has experience in serving school districts and their employees and offering significant savings. In the last two years, the company has nearly doubled the number of school districts it serves to more than 60 across the state.

“We needed lower out-of-pocket costs for our employees, cost savings for the district and better service. All the way around, Priority Health delivered what they promised. The transition was very smooth,” said Christine Davis, executive director of human resources and labor relations for Traverse City Public Schools.

The financial challenges facing Michigan schools are significant. A recent survey by the Michigan School Business Officials reported on data from 300 of the state’s 540 districts, paints a bleak picture of 4,000 additional layoffs statewide, school closures and elimination of programs. The report also showed that:

  • 85% report class sizes will increase due to staff cuts and closing schools
  • 83% will freeze salaries and benefits for some or all employees
  • 96% of districts anticipate laying off staff and or leaving vacant positions unfilled

To learn more about Priority Health and the potential savings it can offer schools visit www.priorityhealth.com/schools.

About Priority Health:

Priority Health is an award-winning health plan nationally recognized for creating innovative solutions that impact health care costs while maximizing customer experience. It offers a broad portfolio of products for employer groups, individuals and Medicare and Medicaid. As a nonprofit company, Priority Health serves more than 625,000 people and continues to be ranked among America’s best health plans by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

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