The Florida fund that pays the health care bills for tens of thousands of state employees will become insolvent in two years unless something drastic is done, state economists say. Someone has to fix the fund, either the taxpayers or state workers, and a top state senator says it should not be the taxpayers.
It's time to end the free health-insurance perk that legislators and 26,000 state workers -- those who aren't part of the career-service system -- now receive, says State Sen. J.D. Alexander, a Lake Wales Republican and chairman of the Senate committee that oversees the state budget.
The Department of Management Services has concluded that the state would collect an extra $44.9 million a year if it charged all state employees the same amount for health insurance. Rank-and-file state workers pay $50 a month for standard individual coverage and $180 a month for family coverage.
"Quite frankly, it’s time we have the same for legislators as everybody else,’’ Alexander said. More here.