Proposed Bill Would Prod State Workers to Improve Health

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi officials propose charging different rates for state workers' and teachers' health insurance, depending on whether those covered by the plan take steps to manage potentially expensive health conditions.

Some House members say the change could be overly punitive, though.

House Bill 479 was set aside after a brief floor fight Thursday. No vote was taken, but the issue could return.

Most state employees pay $20 a month for health insurance.

Officials say they envision waiving that fee if people who smoke, or are overweight, or have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol take steps to improve their health.

Some state employees are currently on a plan where they pay nothing for insurance, but they could face a surcharge. Officials would work details out later.

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