MSBSD/MSEA Negotiations Update 

Health Insurance Transition 7.1.2023

General Information

Open Enrollment Information

May 19, 2023 - June 9, 2023.

Premera Appointments

Premera appointments were available through 4:00 p.m. Friday, June 9, 2023.  Individuals with additional questions should email:

American Fidelity HSA Enrollment

High Deductible Health Plan Details

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District AK HDHP SBC 2023.pdf

HDHP - Summary of Benefits and Coverage

FY24 Premera Plan Highlights HDHP.pdf

HDHP - Plan Highlights

PV Core Plus Drug List.pdf

HDHP - Preventative Drug List(these are drugs covered at 100%)

HDHP List of Covered Drugs.pdf

HDHP - Prescription Formulary

2023-07 Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District HDHP.pdf

Summary Plan Description - HDHP

2023-07 Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District Dental.pdf

Summary Plan Description - DENTAL

Mimic Plan Details

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District AK F3T Plus $500 SBC 2023.pdf

Mimic Plan - Summary of Benefits and Coverage

FY24 Premera Plan Highlights Mimic PPO.pdf

Mimic Plan - Plan Highlights

ACA Preventive List.pdf

Mimic Plan - Preventative Drug List(these are drugs covered at 100%)

Mimic Plan List of Covered Drugs.pdf

Mimic Plan - Prescription Formulary

2023-07 Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District PPO.pdf

Summary Plan Description - Mimic Plan

2023-07 Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District Dental.pdf

Summary Plan Description - DENTAL

Salary Update

Salary Schedule Updated.pdf

Salary Increases in FY23, FY24, and FY25

Salary Increase:  Employees will receive a 2% salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2022 and a 2% increase in both FY24 and FY25.  

Retroactive Pay:  All teachers employed on May 12, 2023 will receive a retroactive pay adjustment on or before June 30, 2023.  This includes individuals who have provided notice of their intent to retire or resign for the FY 2024 school year.  

FY 2024 Salary Schedule:  Employees at the end of the salary schedule for B+60/M+15, M+30, M+45 and D will be eligible for a step increase for FY 2024.  You will be receiving a contract addendum recognizing this new salary placement prior to the start of the 2023/2024 school year. Employees who previously received a longevity payment at these steps will continue to receive a longevity payment paid out on the October 31, 2023 payroll. 

MSBSD Last Best Offer Summary

The MSBSD current proposal to teachers provides:

MSBSD Salary Proposal

2%, 2%, and 2%

The District's proposal includes 2% salary increases in each year of the agreement, retroactive to July 1, 2022.

Added Experience Step

The District's proposal adds a step on to the salary schedule, beginning in FY 2024, for columns B+60, M+15, M+30, M+45, and D.

Relevant Salary Comparables

MSBSD salaries are competitieve when compared to the Big 5

Mat-Su Teachers will have the second highest ending salary in FY 2024 of the Big 5 and will exceed ASD by almost $4,000.

MSBSD teachers earn a higher salary faster

MSBSD salary schedule is shorter, this means that employees earn higher salaries earlier in their career than in comparable Districts.  The table above shows how at 14 years MSBSD employees make $100,265 compared with $88,533 in Anchorage.

MSBSD Health Insurance Proposal

Two Plan Options

The District's proposal offers two health insurance options, the "mimic" plan which closely mirrors Plan C/B with ortho, and a high deductible health plan.

Reduced Premiums

The District's proposal reduces employee health insurance premiums to $220 per pay period for the "mimic" plan and $126 per pay period for the high deductible health plan.  In addition these rates will not increase for FY 2025.

HSA Contributions

The District's proposal includes $8,500 to employees who elect the high deductible health plan option.

What does it mean for me?

The District's proposal provides a significant increase in teacher take home earnings through increasing the salary schedule in each year of the agreement, adding steps eligibility to topped out teachers, reducing employee health insurance premiums, and providing a district funded health savings account.


Early Career Teachers

Teachers who continue to be eligible for step movement and transition to the High Deductible Health Plan will see take home earnings increase by over $24,000 in a three year period.  Teachers in FY 25 will make 21% more than in FY 22.  This $24,000 increase does not include the $8,500 district provided contribution to the health savings account.


Topped-out Teachers

Teachers at the end of the schedule have the added benefit of additional step eligibility beginning in FY 2024.  More experienced teachers who elect to continue to have a similar level of coverage through the "mimic" plan still may experience a $17,500 salary increase over the contract term.  This increase provides a take home earnings increase in FY 25 of almost 12%.

Why the focus on Health Insurance

LTR Information Request to MSEA 9-20-22 Final.docx.pdf


The District spends in excess of $41,000,000 each year for health insurance.  It is unacceptable that this information is un-auditable and cannot be effectively evaluated.  We have no way to test if Mat-Su is supplementing other districts, we have not way to go to market for alternative coverage or know if our program is cost effective, we have no information to support if claims exceed premiums or vice versa. 


Aggregate de-identified claims data is NOT private or personal health information.  The information that the district is seeking in evaluating the performance of the health plan would not allow for the identification of specific individual diagnosis or care.  These kinds of reports are used routinely in the industry.  An example report of the kind of data we would be reviewing can be seen to the right

De-identified Claims Example.pdf

Increased Cost

The cost of health insurance has continued to escalate over the last 10 years.  These increases have been experienced both by employees and the District alike.  Plan C/B premiums have increased by 55% since 2015.

Additional Information

District Post Hearing Brief Final 3-31-23.pdf

MSBSD Arbitration Post Hearing Brief

Read the District's post arbitration MSEA brief.

MSBSD Arbitration Exhibits

To review the District's complete exhibits click on the folder to the left.

District Post Mediation Proposal to MSEA 11-29-22.pdf

District's proposal to MSEA

Salary Schedule Updated.pdf

District's proposed salary schedule