Changes expected for state employee health plans with Friday’s vote

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – The North Carolina State Health Plan Board of Trustees will meet Friday and vote on benefits for next year’s state employee health plans, according to a state treasurer spokesman.

The state board is expected to discuss strategies for future years as well.

North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell is the chair of the board.

Her department said the General Assembly’s approved budget from 2015 instructs the board to cut costs for 2017-2019 years and maintain significant cash reserves.

This could be accomplished through premiums, employee contributions and changing the types of plans available.

The spokesman told WNCT that the board would try to cut costs over time but still offer meaningful benefits.

The state board will discuss phasing out what’s known as the 80/20 plan. It would be replaced with either the traditional 70/30 plan or the CDHP, the highest valued plan.

Another policy change that could be implemented for 2018 and later years is eliminating coverage for the spouses of state employees.

The spokesman said it has not been formally proposed and would require the General Assembly to approve.

The Board of Trustees will meet Friday from 3 PM-5 PM.

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