Regional
2:16 pm
Wed October 20, 2004

New Health Insurance Plan Passed

AP – State teachers have voted to call off a threatened strike. Kentucky Education Association officials met Tuesday night in Frankfort, just hours after legislators passed a proposal to sweeten 2005 health insurance benefits.
KEA President Frances Steenbergen called the night "history making".
Earlier, both the House and Senate signed off on last minute changes to the state plan. The action capped more than two weeks of a special session.
Governor Fletcher signed the new proposal and state teachers voted to cancel their planned October 27th strike an hour later.
Teachers were angered over hikes in rates and deductibles and threatened to walk off the job if their original benefits weren't restored.