Health Insurance Premiums on Table

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Gov. Bob Riley's health insurance proposals for public employees will require smokers to pay more starting next October.

State finance director, Jim Main, says a public employee who smokes costs the state about $100 extra per month in health care costs. The state plans to require the smoker to pay about 20 percent of that cost, or an extra $20 per month for health insurance coverage.

Riley's five-bill package won approval Tuesday afternoon from the House budget committees. The bills will be considered by the full House Wednesday.

The governor called the Legislature into special session to address the rising cost of health insurance for state workers and education employees.