State officials are trying to close a shortfall of about $63 million for the health insurance plan that serves state workers and retirees. The amount is a big improvement over a multi-year deficit of more than $800 million the plan originally faced.
A new audit shows that Georgia paid workers who retired, quit, transferred or were laid off $43 million last year in unused vacation time. The unused leave cost state taxpayers closer to $60 million when also including payroll taxes and payments to the health benefits system.
The health insurance program for Georgia’s state employees is short about $250 million for next year. But the state’s top official in charge of teacher and state employee health plans said he doesn't expect more than a 10 percent jump in premiums next year.