Little Rock, June 25, 2014–Each special session that is planned to address public school employees continues to negatively impact state employees. Unfortunately reports regarding the special session have left out state employees who face spouses being removed from plans, higher premium costs and added deductibles.
“It is unfortunate that state employees are considered as an afterthought,” said Executive Director, Danny James. “The state employee plan is not bankrupt at this time. Changes can be made during the regular session to ensure that the state employee insurance plan remains solvent. The special session, we feel, is inappropriate for our plan that is currently doing well.”
During the fiscal session state employees were denied a COLA. If received, however; the one percent that was proposed was not sufficient to cover the premium increases and deducible. On behalf of state employees, we urge legislators not to remove spouses from the state employee plan and find a way to fund the COLA.