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Dental plan change for school staff
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MONROE - Employees of the Monroe school district will pay slightly more each month for their dental insurance starting in July, but their routine teeth cleanings, exams and x-rays will no longer count toward their maximum coverage allowance under a change approved by the school board Monday.

The Check Up Plus plan will cover each individual up to $1,000 per year in addition to cleanings twice a year and exams and x-rays once a year. Business Administrator Ron Olson estimates the value of the additional services at about $400-450. Under the current plan, those routine services count toward the $1,000 maximum.

Olson said the current plan encourages people to only visit the dentist if they have a major issue. The new plan will encourage them to get regular check-ups and hopefully avoid higher-cost issues, he said.

The change will increase dental insurance costs by 2.7 percent, or $1.20 per month for a single plan or $3.45 for a family plan.

- Susan Endres