The School Reform Commission's actions Monday will change health care for PFT members several ways:

PFT members who get medical coverage from the district will have to help pay for its cost beginning Dec. 15. Now, most members pay nothing.

A member earning less than $25,000 a year will pay 5 percent of the cost of the individual plan premium.

Members earning $25,000-$50,000 per year will contribute 10 percent of the cost for an individual plan.

Members earning more than $55,000 will contribute 13 percent of the cost for individual coverage.

Officials said the changes would result in payroll deductions of $20 to $71 per month, depending on income.

For family coverage, the deduction will range from $77 to $200 per month.

PFT members who enroll a spouse or domestic partner in the district medical plan when that person has another plan available will pay $70 per month.

PFT members who decline coverage from the district will no longer receive "opt out" payments from the district.

SOURCE: School District of Philadelphia

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