Pat Bershinsky has gifted his nearly 220 staff members $1,000 every Christmas for four years and once again gave bonuses this summer.
The leader of one of Colorado’s school cooperatives has the extra cash because of a decision he made four years ago on employee health care. Bershinsky, executive director of the Pikes Peak Board of Cooperative Educational Services, or BOCES, has built up nearly $700,000 in the employer’s health care account that is used to pay claims and administrative costs. The partially self-funded health insurance model is making a huge financial difference to the BOCES, which serves about 20 districts in the Colorado Springs area, at a time when health care costs are rising.
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