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ERIC Number: EJ726657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Affordable Health Benefits for Part-Time School Employees
Dickhart, Russ
School Administrator, v62 n10 pP6 Nov 2005
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 45 million Americans do not have health insurance. What's surprising is the majority of those individuals are actually employed. Part-time workers make up a full 15 percent of the uninsured population and school systems have a share of that group. Every day in the United States, approximately 10 percent of permanent teachers are absent for personal or professional reasons. This means that on a daily basis, almost 270,000 substitute teachers are needed. Other uninsured individuals, often employed on a part-time basis, include school bus drivers who work approximately 20 hours per week, and custodial and cafeteria staff. Offering medical benefits to part-time or temporary staff members and their families can have a positive impact on productivity. That is because uninsured individuals receive fewer preventative services, less care for chronic conditions, and even delay getting necessary medical care. In fact, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that almost 40 percent of the uninsured population postpones care because of the cost. Offering benefits to employees who are typically not eligible for school system-sponsored benefits plans has the potential to slow turnover rate without a need for wage increases. The end result is a more satisfied, stable and healthy part-time workforce.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States