Topeka — In the next few days, state employees will learn in detail about increases they will have to pay for health insurance.
The increase will be about 10 percent for the employee, while state agencies are going to have to pay 12.5 percent more, according to Gov. Mark Parkinson’s budget director Duane Goossen.
During the last legislative session, lawmakers swept approximately $60 million out of the balance of the state employee insurance plan to help balance the state budget.
But Goossen said Wednesday that is not the reason for the increase. He said the state’s self-insured plan is spending more than it is taking in. He said for the past five years, insurance costs to employees have remained flat.
Enrollment for the insurance program starts Oct. 1. The increases will take effect Jan. 1, 2010.