Pennsylvania schools factoring Obamacare into their budgets

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

As they hash out the final details of their budgets for 2013-14 this month, Lehigh Valley school districts are providing a first look into full implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law.

The early results look rather like the pre-Obamacare days: Premiums are continuing to rise and employees will be asked to shoulder more of the burden. But fundamental changes are beginning to appear.

For districts now in negotiations with employee unions, the new reality also may feature contracts with less generous benefits as they seek to avoid the so-called "Cadillac tax" included in the law.

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