A group plan with Wellmark Blue Cross-
The new rate schedule for health insurance coverage will raise the overall cost of next year's contract to
The state currently pays in
Members of the
Approval was unanimous.
Fitzgerald said the overall price tag is significant because "the state's a huge operation" and health care costs keep going up due to market factors and inflation. State employees are encouraged to take advantage of wellness incentives as part of cost-containment efforts, he added.
"We think this was pretty reasonable and is working out," Fitzgerald said if the yearly group insurance renewal. "We thought we were in a reasonable range."
The state's contract includes multiple plans for single and family insurance coverage with various rates, co-payments and deductibles for state-employee groups -- with several variations between non-contract employees and members of public employee unions covered by collective bargaining agreements.
Those variations may come under scrutiny in the coming months as Branstad welcomes a new Republican-led Legislature to the
Branstad administrations officials signaled the possibility of taking a different approach to health insurance benefits in the future by withholding any offers to unions in the state's initial proposal for new union contracts that would take effect next
Branstad said he would like to explore the option of creating a larger risk pool of public employees at the state, county, city and school district levels that would help drive down costs for all the entities that chose to participate. He said
Newly elected Republican legislative leaders say they are early in the process of setting an agenda for the 2017 session, but have indicated interest in reviewing
The governor has taken the position that state employees need to contribute more to the state's insurance costs.
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