AEA Files Lawsuit over Health Premium Increase

annaea.jpgThe Alabama Education Association has filed suit against the state teacher’s insurance board over what AEA attorneys say is a violation of the Open Meetings Act.

AEA on Tuesday filed the suit, seeking to invalidate premium increases the Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Program board voted on in April. The premiums are set to increase on October 1.

Board members discussed the increases in a closed-door meeting not advertised to the public, AEA says.

Board representatives didn’t immediately return messages.

AEA President Sheila Hocutt Remington says the increases will essentially cannibalize the 4 percent teacher pay raise the legislature enacted this year.

Attorney James Anderson says he isn’t questioning the insurance increases but the process the board used to pass them. Anderson hopes the lawsuit will prevent future closed-door meetings.

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