An Associated Press news report said the $515-million package is expected to keep the state employee health insurance plan for employees and teachers solvent through mid-2013.
According to the news report, retirees would pay the premium if they receive the more generous of two health programs offered. Senators rejected a Democratic amendment that would have removed the retiree premium. The plan’s 663,000 members also would face higher deductibles and co-pays and 5% premium increases for dependent coverage.
Workers have paid premiums before for optional higher-tier or HMO coverage.