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Blue Cross Blue Shield remains as administrator

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has voted to stay with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana to administer the system's self-funded employee health insurance plan for another three years.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1na1xi2 ) the new contract, which would take effect Jan. 1, would increase Blue Cross' charge from $29.47 to $33 per employee.

That works out to an almost $2.8 million in 2015, based on an estimated 7,000 active and retired employees whom Blue Cross would serve.

In 2013, the school system had more 9,500 employees using Blue Cross, which meant almost $3.4 million in administrative fees. About 2,800 retirees now are on a Medicare Advantage plan administered by Humana.

The vote on Thursday was 7-2.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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