Changes tweaked to state worker insurance program
BATON ROUGE - Under pressure from lawmakers and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is lessening the impact of changes planned March 1 for the state worker health insurance program.
Increases in out-of-pocket costs and deductibles for current retirees have been scrapped, and they've been reduced for active employees. As a trade-off, premiums will go up on July 1 by as much as 11 percent for both retirees and employees.
The Jindal administration announced the adjustments Friday.
Lawmakers were inundated with complaints about the health benefit rewrite for the 230,000 workers, retirees and dependents who get coverage through the Office of Group Benefits.
Retirees and employees said they'd prefer premium hikes to hefty increases to their out-of-pocket costs. Premium increases are shared between the state and its employees.
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