State workers, despite all the hype from legislators and state health plan administrators about how much older and sicker they are, are actually less expensive to insure than the average worker at a business in the South:
$4,590 – Average annual cost to cover one employee at a business in the South in a PPO plan
$4,156 – Annual cost to cover one NC State employee in the PPO plan
That’s right – a NC state employee is over 10% cheaper to insure than the average employee at a business in the South. And the South has the lowest rates in the country. Makes you think twice about all the rhetoric coming out of the General Assembly around the state health plan. We need to control health care costs for everyone – because the problem is universal. State employees are actually doing better than average.