Retired legislators would pay more of own health care costs under Rep

Retired legislators would pay more of own health care costs under Rep

first_img08Mar Retired legislators would pay more of own health care costs under Rep. Bellino bill State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe today will introduce legislation to require retired state legislators to pay more of their own health care costs, an effort to help shore up an underfunded retirement system.The legislation would require all retired Michigan legislators in the state system to pay 20 percent of their annual health insurance premiums, putting them more in line with other public employees. The former legislators now typically pay either zero or 10 percent of their premiums, depending on when they retired.No current members of the House would be affected by Bellino’s proposal. Legislation approved in 2011 eliminated lifetime health insurance benefits for them and others, unless a legislator had a tenure of six years or longer by 2013. Bellino’s bill is part of a broader effort aimed at containing costs in public employee retirement systems, which are straining government budgets across Michigan.“If we as state legislators are going to make sure cities and villages have proper funding for their health care systems, we’ve got to do our own house cleaning at the state level,” Bellino said. “This just makes sense. There would be savings for the state with this bill, but it’s also important that we’re holding ourselves to the same expectations when it comes to health coverage for public retirees.” The legislation would affect multiple layers of health coverage including dental and vision.### Categories: Bellino News,Newslast_img

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