The N.C. House is expected to give final approval to Senate Bill 265 on Thursday. The measure makes major changes to the State Health Plan covering thousands of state workers, teachers and retirees.
During Wednesday’s debate, Rep. Jennifer Weiss said many state employees felt “betrayed” that the state was planning to raise deductibles and charge workers a monthly insurance premium for the first time.
Freshman Rep. Jeff Collins said while this was his “first stint as a state employee” he did not realize that in addition to filling a $2.4 billion budget hole, he was going to be asked to fill a $515 million hole in the state health plan.
Durham County Rep. Mickey Michaux charged that Republicans could avoid placing this added burden on state workers if they would simply consider raising the state’s cigarette tax.