The amount that Alabama's education employees pay for their own health insurance is going up for the first time in 27 years.
The board of the Public Education Employees Health Insurance Program voted Thursday to raise the monthly premium for individual coverage from $2 to $15 starting October 1. The $2 rate has been in effect since the program began in 1983.
Dependent coverage will increase from $132 monthly to $162.
The co-payments for prescriptions and doctors visits are also increasing. The new rates are similar to what Alabama's state employees pay.
The board chairman, Alabama Education Association executive secretary Paul Hubbert, said the increases were necessary because of state budget constraints, but education employees still have a great plan when compared to other states.