Microsoft Workers to Kick In for Health Care in 2013

October 11, 2010 ( – Microsoft employees will have to start contributing to their health-care coverage starting in 2013.

A Seattle Times news report said the software giant has announced the change to its U.S. employees who currently do not contribute anything to the cost of their health coverage. The company said it did not yet know how much employees would be asked to kick in.

About 95% of the company’s roughly 90,000 employees have benefits covered completely, Lou Gellos, a spokesman for Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft, told Bloomberg.

The company will offer a health savings plan, also known as a high-deductible health plan, according to the Times report. Microsoft will offer financial incentives for people to move to the savings plan over the next three years.

Microsoft will also continue to offer wellness plans, such as the 2020 Program for managing weight at the Pro Club and a quit-smoking program, the Seattle Times reported.