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Kelly supports changes in state employee insurance

Governor Laura Kelly’s administration is considering changes, and possible reductions, in health insurance premiums for state employees after three years of steep price increases.

State employees faced insurance premium increases of more than 30 percent for three consecutive years during Governor Sam Brownback’s administration.  That came while millions of dollars in state payments were diverted from the health insurance fund to help balance the state budget.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Kelly said she was troubled by mismanagement of the state employee health insurance plan during the last administration.  She says her administration has been reviewing options to help give state employees some relief.

The Kansas State Employees Health Care Commission is meeting Monday to consider reductions or no increase for employees’ 2020 health insurance rates.

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