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State ends voluntary health insurance premium program for contract covered employees

posted Mar 22, 2013, 8:07 AM by Unknown user
 | Des Moines Register | March 21, 2013 | 
"Unions drop complaints about voluntary premium payments" All three unions involved in a legal dispute over Gov. Terry Branstad’s decision to allow state employees to voluntarily pay health care premiums have dropped their complaints. The unions had argued at a hearing in November that Branstad and his administration broke the law last year when they gave state employees the option to pay 20 percent of their health insurance costs. … AFSCME leader Danny Homan said Thursday that there has been a verbal agreement that the state will no longer allow employees covered by the union’s bargaining agreement to participate in the voluntary health insurance premium program.