Commission reduces insurance rates for some state employees

June 04, 2019 - 5:51 am

Most Kansas state employees will be getting a break on health insurance rates after years of significant increases.

The Kansas Employees Health Care Commission voted Monday to reduce state employees' rates 6 percent or keep reductions flat, while the state increases payments by 4.5%.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the vote reverses a five-year trend that saw some state employees' health insurance premiums increase by 115.5%.

The commission approved a 6 percent reduction for plans that include spouses, families and retiree. Increases for other plans will stay flat.

During the last five years, insurance fund reserves dropped from $195 million in 2014 to a low of $24 million in 2017.

Under the changes adopted Monday, the reserve balance is expected to increase from $48 million to $52 million next year.

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