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I am a state employee, I have no problem paying the $22 / month for an 80/20 plan - employee premiums should have been part of the plan a long time ago. However, the state employee currently pays 100% for their dependents health coverage - there is no state benefit there. This amounts to $5000 / year & for many employees (state or private) that is unafordable. The plan proposed also eliminates an existing wellness plan where current tobacco smokers and obese workers are not eligible for the 80/20 plan but rather the reduced 70/30 plan. Why would this be discontinued? Statistics show these life styles cost the health care system much more - dropping that penalty will cost the state & tax payers even more plus shift their costs on state employees who do not make those poor life style choices. What is the Senate thinking?


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