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Thursday, September 20, 2012

District catches thousands in overpayments to retirees

At last night's board meeting, member Joe Malagrino congratulated the district on catching tens of thousands of dollars in overpayments to former employees.

He said the district reimbursed retirees for their insurance copayments on prescriptions. He said the district had found checks to 70 former employees were too high, some by as much as $3,000.

He said the plan was supposed to cap the copay amounts at $1300 for the retiree and anyone on their plan.

"You have to be an awful sick individual to tally up those copays in a given year," he said.

He said the district had based those reimbursements on affidavits from the retirees, rather than receipts or documentation from the insurance companies.

The district canceled those checks and reissued new ones at the correct amount. Malagrino said he hoped the district would continue to investigate the issue.

When asked about the issue last week, Parla said the payment plan was a part of employee contracts, and he had seen similar plans in other districts.

I'm still waiting to hear back from Parla about this and other issues.


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