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Branstad wants legislators to pay 20 percent of health insurance premiums

posted Mar 12, 2013, 11:04 AM by Unknown user
 | Mason City Globe Gazette | March 12, 2013 |
Gov. Terry Branstad reiterated his call Monday for state legislators to lead by example and pay 20 percent of the cost of their state health insurance premiums. … Branstad made the remarks while commenting on an arbitrator’s ruling in which Iowa’s largest state employees’ union prevailed in keeping a benefit for the next two years whereby most American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) members will receive health insurance at no cost. … AFSCME officials said their members have foregone wage increases and made other concessions over the years to preserve their health-care benefit, but Branstad said Iowa is one of only six states have do not require all state workers to pay a share of their health insurance premiums while federal employees pay 25 percent and private-sector employees also pay a share.