Alabama has some of the higher insurance
rates in the country, which has been causing problems for some Marshall County
school systems. The biggest trouble area is going to be the use of on-call
substitutes. They are a huge asset to the system when they are needed to fill
in, but how much they do so will have to be closely monitored.
Officials with the state said what's coming
down from Washington will have to be handled differently in nearly every state.
For instance, bus drivers in Indiana are not offered health insurance, but do
qualify in Alabama, so how they are looked at by the Affordable Care Act is
State education officials said the use of
on-call substitutes needs to be monitored closely to make sure they do not go
over 30 hours per week on average. The state is recommending districts could
use substitutes in a way that will not disrupt teaching, such as bringing in a
new substitute every day to fill in.
Officials said they are still awaiting the
final regulations from the Affordable Care Act, so they will continue working
with the schools to get through the process.