Alabama Lawmakers Back to Work

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Alabama lawmakers will consider a plan Riley describes as the first step, but not the final fix, for controlling rapidly rising health insurance costs for public employees.

Lobbying groups for public employees are hopeful that their support of Riley's health insurance plan will be followed by a cost-of-living increase, their first in more than two years.

The state's costs for providing health insurance coverage to state workers and education employees have risen from $320 million to $970 million in six years.

Riley first tried to address the issue in the spring regular session of the legislature, but nothing passed because he was at odds with the Alabama Education Association and the Alabama State Employees Association.

During the summer and early fall, he worked with both groups and some business leaders to develop a package of five bills.