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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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