LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The Clark County School District issued a statement early Friday following a nightly school committee meeting in which numerous teachers raised concerns about their health insurance and unpaid medical bills.

“Despite the presentation to the Board of Directors, the CCEA was unable to adequately explain the THT deficit of 42 million US dollars or answer questions about the solvency of the THT satisfactorily and precisely,” said the statement, which was published shortly after midnight.

THT Health, the nonprofit insurance company that covers thousands of district teachers and their families, is struggling with money. THT Health is overseen by CCEA, the teachers’ union. Executive Director John Vellardita said the trust has not received adequate funding from the school district for years and an increase in contributions is needed to avoid a widening deficit.

The district’s declaration states that the burden should not fall on the employees.

CCSD teachers deserve an effective, functioning health plan that will take care of them and their families. When teachers are concerned about their health insurance and whether their health needs can be met, they are unduly burdened by the alleged inadequate care under the THT plan.

Teachers should not be turned down by health care providers because providers do not trust that the services provided will be paid for. Further burdening teachers and their families with higher contributions due to inadequate coverage is unreasonable. The Clark County School District can’t watch while the Teachers Health Trust is burdening teachers with higher expenses for less coverage.

Clark County School District Statement