Mississippi State Employees: "We Can't Pay"

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Some state employees say they don't know how they'll juggle their budgets if they have to start paying for their health insurance.

State employees pay nothing for their own health insurance. Money is deducted from their paychecks only if they buy coverage for their children or spouse in the state health plan.

Gov. Haley Barbour has proposed requiring state employees to pay for their own health insurance. He said the state would save $54 million dollars a year.

Some legislators also are starting to consider making employees pay premiums as a way to stabilize the health plan that covers about 200,000 people.

The House and Senate insurance committees will hold a joint session on Tuesday to begin discussing ways to shore up the state workers health plan.