Nothing to Celebrate: No Hike in State-Employee Healthcare Premiums

A push to reduce the cost of health benefits to the state and its employees has actually worked, so much so that the state is expected to see $1.6 billion in savings over the next three years, and employees will not see a healthcare premium price hike in 2018.

The cost-trimming effort, which is also delivering slight savings on premiums for local-government employees next year, has been met with praise from the Communications Workers of America, the union that represents both state and local government workers.

But not all of the measures that are driving the savings for those workers have been embraced by the New Jersey Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, which has suggested some amount to cost-shifting and could reduce access to doctors.

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