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Another NC state employee health plan change OK'd

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The General Assembly has finalized a substitute plan to close a funding gap for the health insurance plan for North Carolina employees, retirees and their dependents that still could face a veto from Gov. Bev Perdue.

The House agreed Tuesday to the deal reached between Republican leaders in both legislative chambers late last month. The Senate approved the package right away, but the House delayed because it wanted more assurances Perdue would sign the bill. The governor still hasn't said publicly what she'll do.

The measure would still require all active employees and teachers to pay a monthly premium for their own insurance for the first time.

Perdue vetoed an earlier version last month that contained the premium mandate because she said teachers weren't at the negotiating table.

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

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