State officials said Tuesday that they plan to increase the number of insurers and health plan options for state employees and teachers next year. The State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) has been a target of fierce criticism since Jan. 1. That’s when changes to its benefit design, plus the use of just one insurer, sparked widespread complaints from teachers and state employees about a lack of choice of insurance plans and higher health care costs.
Roughly 100 people rallied on the steps of the state Capitol Tuesday to protest changes implemented this year to the State Health Benefit Plan for state employees and educators. Those changes have sparked a groundswell of criticism from thousands of Georgians about a lack of choice of insurance plans and higher health care costs.
A University of Georgia graduate program that prepares elementary school teachers to work with autistic children has received a federal grant of $1.2 million. The money will help the Collaborative Personnel Preparation in Autism project continue its work through 2017.
Nearly 1,100 Georgia preschool teachers are getting an extra few hundred dollars this week. The checks are worth between $250 and $1,250 for early childhood educators who have furthered their education by earning a new certificate or a new degree.