Governor, GOP Reach Agreement on Health Plan

May 18, 2011

 The governor and Republican legislative leaders have reached an agreement on how to fund the State Health Plan.

 Governor Perdue vetoed a health plan bill last month because she wasn't happy with the idea of teachers paying premiums. Under that plan, all state employees would've had to pay premiums for the first time. But now the governor and Republican leaders have agreed not to charge healthy workers any premiums at all.

Health plan administrators will have the option to use reserves to keep that benefit going over the next year. The plan is currently suffering a 515 million dollar shortfall. Both the governor and Republican lawmakers are still committed to moving the oversight of the plan to the state treasurer's office- a move that nearly every lawmaker says will be better for state employees.