Commission reduces insurance rates for some state employees


June 4, 2019 - 9:52 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas commission voted Monday to give state employees a break on health insurance rates after they endured years of significant increases.

The Kansas Employees Health Care Commission voted unanimously to either reduce state employees’ rates 6% for plans that include spouses, families or retirees, while keeping other plan rates flat. At the same time, the state will increase its contribution to the state insurance fund by 4.5%, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. 

Under former Gov. Sam Brownback, the state reduced contributions by 8.5% in 2015 to secure cash to balance the state budget, then imposed rate increases from 2016-18 of 36.7%, 30.4% and 31.7% for employees with spouses or families participating in the state insurance plan.

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