Judge orders healthcare provider to refund teachers

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Teachers in Alabama are one step closer to receiving a refund from their healthcare provider. A Montgomery County judge ordered the Public Education Employees Health Insurance Plan, better known as PEEHIP to pay up. 

“We had just received the well-deserved raise and all of a sudden it is being taken away,” said Adrienne Stovall. 

Adrienne Stovall is just one of the educators in Alabama that felt the effects of PEEHIP board’s decision to increase premiums and spousal surcharges.

“In any profession, every dollar and every dime counts and we work hard, so we deserve everything that comes to us,” said Stovall. 

Theron Stokes an attorney with the Alabama Education Association fought on behalf of public educators.

“What we are saying is PEEHIP needs to pay attention to our members’ concerns some of our members are out here struggling every day.”

Earlier this year, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled in favor of an Alabama Education Association’s lawsuit, which said PEEHIP ’s board did not follow the state’s open meeting law back in 2016 when it increased premiums and spousal surcharges.

“Educators we spend so much additional dollars of our own money into our profession as well,” said Tislam Eillis. 

PEEHIP says they plan to return all the money to teachers by July 31. 

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