Watching the House: Stop State Employee Insurance Buyouts
While some are privileged enough to get regular emailings from the General Assembly, the rest of us can still keep an eye on the Bills being proposed in either the Senate’s or the House’s daily proceedings. Now, even if most of the legislation proposed by the the Republican delegation stand about as much chance of getting through committee as I do throwing down a dunk, it’s still nice to dream…….
By highlighting some of their proposals, I hope to show that they’re generally pointing in the right direction–and hopefully encourage them to keep up the fight. For instance, there’s H 5380 (Proposed by Representatives Richard Singleton, Victor Moffitt, Nicholas Gorham–Minority Whip, John Loughlin, and Bruce Long–Deputy Minority Whip), which wants to amend a certain portion of the current State law dealing with State employee insurance by inserting the following language:
No person in the service of this state whose spouse also is in the service of this state or its municipality shall be eligible for any health insurance benefits or any other payment in lieu thereof if they are receiving health insurance benefits from their spouse.
In other words, no more buyouts. After all, why should they be rewarded for not double-dipping into already generous state health benefits? The purpose of the benefits are to be insurance, not a salary-increasing device via a non-participation reward.