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Statewide school insurance pool plan dies


HELENA - A combined health insurance system for Montana's public school districts died Friday after Senators agreed to an amendment that made the plan optional.

Sen. Don Ryan, D-Great Falls, a sponsor of House Bill 302, said that change effectively killed the measure, so he moved to indefinitely postpone it. The Senate agreed with a 25-22 vote.

Ryan said the bill was unacceptable as an optional plan because the proposed system's strength was based on including all school districts.

The bill would have combined some 230 different health plans into one pool with perhaps 16,000 members. Suppor...

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