State government employees will see a 10% hike in their share of health insurance premiums starting in January.
The unanimous approval by the state’s Board of Community Health affects all state health plans.
It’s being done to help cut-down a projected $500 million deficit within the next two years for the reserve fund that pays claims.
In addition, certain other costs will be raised, including the tobacco surcharge for employees who smoke. That will rise from $40 to $60.
A deficit of around $75 million is still projected for the reserve fund, which might have to be addressed in the next legislative session.