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NC state worker health plan changes get final OK

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Higher co-pays, deductibles and mandated monthly premiums for all active North Carolina state workers and teachers are in Republican-penned legislation receiving final approval at the Legislature and headed to Gov. Bev Perdue's desk.

The Senate voted 31-18 on Monday night in favor of changes made by the House last week that are part of a proposal to close a $515 million State Health Plan shortfall through mid-2013. The biggest change would require premiums generally between $11 and $22 per month for more than 322,000 active workers. Retirees who keep a more generous insurance tier also would have to pay premiums.

Perdue must decide whether to sign the bill, use her veto stamp or let the bill become law without her signature. The governor's budget included some employee premiums.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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That's just great! Right now, when working people need a break more than ever, these idiots come up with this? A lot of us, myself included, are barely making it from paycheck to paycheck. In an age where everything is going up except the paycheck, I can't see how this is supposed to do anything more than incite mass riots. People have had enough! The idea of paying more for ANYTHING is simply ludicrous! You bet your butt I'll vote Libertarian next time!

Well Paul Woodall...

the State Insurance Plan is $500 Million in the red. How do you suggest that the deficit be eliminated by means other than you and the rest of the employees paying a little each month.

I pay over $200/month for my own health insurance...which has a $5,000 deductible, no co-pays, and no prescription. I'm tired of hearing you and other state employees whine about having to pay a premium.

"The idea of paying more for ANYTHING is simply ludicrous!"

>Get used to it Paul.

And for what it's worth...you're being asked to pay a little each month for your Health Insurance...which is not the same as Health Care. Your physician provides the health care...not the insurance company...they pay the bill.