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House panel approves hard cap for public employee health care

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The state House Oversight, Reform, and Ethics Committee today passed legislation that would limit how much public employers can pay for employee health care.

Under House Bill 4572, public employers could pay up to $5,000 for single coverage, $10,000 for two-person coverage, and $15,000 for family coverage.

MEA opposes the bill because local units of government, including schools and universities, should decide through collective bargaining how to manage health care costs. The bill offers a one-size-fits-all approach to employee health care, without regard for regional differences in costs or availability of physicians or health care facilities.