FWCS approves vendor for health & wellness clinics - October 11, 2011

Record Number: 8080
Displayed from: Oct 11, 2011 , until: Nov 11, 2011

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved a two-year contract with Novia CareClinics to provide health and wellness clinics as a part of changes in the district's health insurance benefit for employees. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, employees will have the option of maintaining their current plan but at a much higher premium, moving to a similar plan but with a higher deductible and lower premiums than the first option or moving to a high deductible health plan with a health savings plan attached. The two new options come with improved vision and dental benefits. Along with the changes in insurance plans, FWCS will open its own health clinic to provide free acute & primary care as well as lab and pharmacy services to employees, retirees and dependent family members covered by the FWCS group health plan. Opening clinics will allow for better delivery of wellness initiatives through longer visits with the doctor while lowering overall health costs. The entire change in health insurance benefits is expected to save the district $4 million in its first year. FWCS received nine responses to its request for proposal for the clinic services with five providers selected to be interviewed. Novia's monthly fee along with the lab and prescription costs offers the district the lowest overall pricing. Novia is based in Indiana and currently operates 32 clinics, including 14 with public schools. The exact location of the first clinic has not yet been determined, but it is expected to open in early 2012. The opening of a second clinic is also expected in 2012.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.