Escape for teachers on most costly health plans

HONOLULU — Teachers whose health premiums went up the most in July will get to shop around for cheaper options starting Sept. 1.

Trustees for the Hawai‘i Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund on Tuesday approved a limited open enrollment for Hawai‘i State Teachers Association members currently on the HMSA 80/20 medical plan, premiums of which more than doubled on July 1. Beginning Sept. 1, those who find the price increase a hardship will have the opportunity to shop among EUTF’s other plan options for something more affordable.

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