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Senate bill would shake up state worker health insurance plans

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Legislation filed in the Senate would let state employees decide between four levels of group health insurance coverage, so they could buy cheaper, stripped-down plans or pay for more comprehensive care. “Our current plan offers limited choices and lacks the price transparency needed for employees and their families to make cost-effective health care purchases,” bill sponsor Tom Lee said in a written statement. “This bill incorporates modern, innovative models for delivering high-quality health care at lower costs that will empower state employees…

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Richard Corcoran swears he’ll ‘crack the status quo’ — even if it takes his last breath

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An overhaul of state group health insurance benefits moved one step closer to the floor on Tuesday with House Appropriations Chairman Richard Corcoran declaring that he’d spend his last breath as a legislator altering the healthcare program. Before passing the measure, HB 7097, the committee tagged on an amendment that bill sponsor state Rep. Jason Brodeur says “puts meat on the bones” with respect to a requirement effective next year that employees pay higher premiums if they enroll in the…

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State group health insurance is overhauled under proposed House bill

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A 23-page bill released by the House Health Care Services Committee proposes to redesign the state group insurance plan and begin offering employees access to a variety of plans, including discount medical plans and direct primary care plans beginning 2016. The proposed committee bill, PCB HHSC 15-02 will be discussed by the House Health Care Services Committee at its meeting today. The proposed changes to the plan are phased in. The first phase, effective 2016, directs DMS to establish employee contribution…

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