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State Employees Get Relatively Generous Health Insurance Package

OPB | Aug. 12, 2014 7 a.m. | Updated: Aug. 13, 2014 1:07 p.m. | Portland

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Employees who work for the state of Oregon get a relatively generous health insurance package compared to those in other states, according to a new study by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Researchers looked at what state employees from across the nation pay for their health insurance premiums.  They found that in Oregon, the average total premium per employee was $1,284 a month, but that the state picked up an average 95 percent of the premium cost.

Pew’s project director, Maria Schiff, says Oregon is fairly generous. “What we don’t look at in our study, which we would urge listeners to think about, is total compensation, since health insurance is just one aspect of it, and therefore you can’t make any assumptions about how state employees in general are compensated in an overall sense.”

North Dakota offers perhaps the most generous health benefit, covering 100 percent of premium contributions.

At the other end of the spectrum, Hawaii and North Carolina pay 58 and 62 percent respectively.

 

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