AEA Wins Lawsuit Against PEEHIP
The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Alabama Teachers Association in regards to the lawsuit against the Public Education Employees Health Insurance Plan. The suit argued that a 2016 health insurance premium increase was approved illegally. A Montgomery judge ruled that PEEHIP violated the Alabama Open Meetings Act. This win means that thousands of educators will receive full refunds of illegal health insurance premiums.
In 2016, the Public Education Employees Health Insurance Plan made a decision to increase premiums by $15 per month for single coverage, $30 per month for family coverage, and $50 per month for a spousal coverage surcharge. This increase was decided right after teachers began receiving a 4% pay raise approved by the state legislature. AEA President, Sherry Tucker says the case will return to the trial judge to determine the most efficient and effective means of refund distribution for its members.