LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) --
Thousands of local teachers may be held responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid medical bills.
It's a nightmare that could come true if the prediction of a local teacher's union official comes to pass.
News 3's Jerry Brown tried to speak with teachers' union officials today, but they weren't talking. A public statement by a teacher's union executive is causing concern among local educators.
John Vellardita, Executive Director of the Clark County Education Association reportedly declared that the teachers health trust will be quote "belly up in 60 to 90 days," unquote.
That could prove disastrous for the 17,000 local teachers and their families who rely on the trust for their health coverage. Some are even turning to the school district for answers.
He following is a statement from CCEA Executive Director John Vellardita.
“The health care needs of more than 17,000 Clark County teachers, and their families, have been met through the non-profit Teachers Health Trust (THT) since the early 1980s. Doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers have always regarded the Teachers’ health insurance as one of the best plans in the state, and we have confidence in the Trust’s ability to process and pay claims in an above-average schedule. To that end, CCEA is committed to making sure all teachers receive quality, accessible, and affordable health care now and in the future.”