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State health plan needs $300 million by March

The State Health Plan will run out of money to pay claims March 31st, unless state lawmakers come up with as much as $300 million for the plan soon. And that won’t come close to solving the whole problem, according to Mark Trogdon with the fiscal research staff of the General Assembly, who is briefing legislators now.

Trogdon says that the health plan faces a $1.2 billion shortfall over the next two years if current premiums and benefits levels stay the same.

The plan covers 666,809 state employees, dependents and retirees. More later in today’s Fitzsimon File.

3 Comments


  1. ConcernedNCTaxpayer

    February 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Why doesn’t anyone look at the obvious source of the problem, the legislature. Or maybe it is unkind to blame them all, when only a couple of them actually run the show and are always on the scene when BCBS or other insurance companies go looking for help. What is their incentive?

  2. Imee

    February 5, 2009 at 12:08 am

    i hope they solve this problem. i really don’t think health care should be prioritized any lesser, since a worker’s capacity will rely on his/her body’s wellness…

  3. Louie

    February 5, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    it would be interesting to see the amount of taxpayer/state employee $$$$$$$ that has flowed thru the ‘State Health Plan’ the past 8 years that has gone to the predator pharmaceutical corporations?

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