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State employees cannot afford another increase in their health care costs or cuts to their benefits. After two legislative sessions of serious cuts to the ERS and TRS benefit plans, it is a crucial staffing issue statewide to hold the line on health care benefits this session.
Health Costs Rising Every Year
Basic premiums – the money taken out of employees’ paychecks every month – have been rising every year. In the last 10 years, the monthly employee deduction for family coverage has increased by more than 69%. These hikes are on top of constantly increasing out-of-pocket expenses: co-pays, deductibles, etc. The health care hikes are also on top of declining pay because salaries have not kept up with inflation.
TSEU’s 2-point health care agenda for state employees
1.Fully fund ERS’s request for $382.4 million above its baseline budget to maintain access to quality health care for employees and retirees AND
2.Oppose high deductible, defined contribution health plans, such as Health Savings Accounts, which increase health care cost for members and make health care less accessible.