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Health insurance for Florida government employees gets another look

@tbtia

Compared with other states, Florida's health insurance plan for government employees is about average.

It doesn't have the cheapest premiums or the most expensive. The state is generous to its employees, but not to an extreme.

The implementation of federal health care reform has caused more states to analyze spending. A national study released Tuesday provides a snapshot of each state, including how much public workers pay for health coverage and what they get in return.

The State Health Care Spending Project by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the MacArthur Foundation found that, on average, states require employees to pay 16 percent of their health insurance costs. Florida public workers pay 13 percent.

In Florida, 54 percent of state workers are enrolled in zero-deductible plans compared with 45 percent nationwide. Florida doesn't offer any high-deductible plans, defined as $1,500 or more; nationally, 4 percent of public workers are enrolled in such plans, the report said.

Still, House Republicans see a system that needs fixing. They want to provide more choices and perhaps require state workers to pay more for their health coverage.

Read more here.

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ed jenkins

The citizens are thankful for these political leaders who are trying to minimize money confiscated from taxpayers by eliminating these wasteful expenditures. These less desirable employees who could not make it in private industry do not need to be provided with these excessive benefits for the subpar work that government workers produce.

tallyguy1

Wow Ed! Angry much? Stupid opinions are best kept in the small minds that produce them.

Redundant

No raises in recent memory, lots of layoffs, reduced benefits in every category, and all the GOP Legislature can think of is cutting healthcare coverage? If they would open up Medicaid these low payed state workers would at least have an option.

Bill Thompson

and of course, the legislators that push these sort of changes would exempt themselves from it, once again refusing to eat their own cooking.

miles

"These less desirable employees who could not make it in private industry do not need to be provided with these excessive benefits for the subpar work that government workers produce." - Ed Jenkins

"No raises in recent memory, lots of layoffs, reduced benefits in every category, and all the GOP Legislature can think of is cutting healthcare coverage?" - Redundant

You get what you pay for, Ed.

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ed jenkins

Some naïve citizens believe that there is a problem with eliminating employees of the government but most know that they never intended for their government to be involved in these various pursuits anyway so it will be no loss to the citizens to remove these wastes of their money.

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