Written by Julie Silva Friday, 15 November 2013 09:25
La Joya ISD leaders believe they've missed out on millions of dollars in savings promised by their insurance company. At the same time, La Joya Independent School District's former insurance broker, Ruth Villarreal, believes the district owes her more than $2 million after terminating her contract in January.
The tangled controversy surrounding the district's employee health insurance is being played out in two different district courts. It all started in February when Villarreal filed a lawsuit in the 92nd District Court alleging La Joya ISD breached its contract when the school board voted to terminate her as its broker in January.
Attorneys for the school district fired back, filing a motion to dismiss because the court lacked jurisdiction and stating the district's contract is with HealthSmart Benefit Solutions. Villarreal as the insurance broker is merely a third party and was not a signatory on the contract, states Miguel Saldaña, district attorney.