State workers support bill for health insurance relief

By FRED LUCAS State Journal Staff Writer Published:

About 75 state workers from across Kentucky seeking better health insurance benefits packed the Capitol rotunda Thursday chanting "174" at the top of their lungs.

They were supporting House Bill 174, which would lower the amount state workers have to pay for family coverage and introduces a cost-saving measure for the state. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Joni Jenkins, D- Shivley,

"You do the jobs some folks could never ever do, and you do it every single day," Jenkins told the enthusiastic crowd made up of state employee members of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. "We need to make sure you are compensated for that with the benefits you deserve."

The bill would require that dependent heath insurance premiums for employees be subsidized at a rate of 75 percent, develop a state wide preferred provider organization (PPO) plan, and require higher payments from local governments whose retirees participate in the state's health insurance pool but whose active employees don't.

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