Indiana teachers union ending disability payments-WEB ONLY

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Indiana’s largest
teachers union says it will stop making payments in July to people who
are supposed to get long-term disability benefits from its insurance

A National Education Association trustee who has taken
over the Indiana State Teachers Association’s troubled insurance arm
had previously said that his top priority was making sure teachers and
others with insurance saw no disruption in service and coverage.

Trustee Ed Sullivan wrote in a memo dated yesterday that the insurance
trust doesn’t have enough cash to cover long-term disability benefits
for people currently collecting them.

The Indiana Department of
Insurance says ISTA should continue paying claims. State Insurance
Commissioner Jim Atterholt said 650 teachers currently receiving
disability rely on those payments.

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