Georgia will raise premiums

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ATLANTA --- Georgians working for the state government can expect a 10 percent jump in the share of health-insurance premiums they pay after a unanimous vote Thursday by the Board of Community Health.

"This is basically to keep the plan solvent," said the board's chairman Richard Holmes.

The across-the-board premium increase, starting in 2010 for all state health plans, is aimed at heading off a projected $500 million deficit in the reserve fund used for paying claims. The premium increase also seeks to raise the employee's share of the total cost of protection from 20 percent to 22 percent, slightly closer to the target of 25 percent set by policymakers.

The fund will still have a projected deficit of $75 million, according to the agency's chief financial officer, Carie Summers. Gov. Sonny Perdue will decide about whether to ask the General Assembly to come up with the money to fill the deficit.

In addition to the premium boost, the board also agreed to raise certain other costs, such as the employee's share of some prescriptions and the surcharge for employees who smoke.

Ms. Summers said the health plans were having to pay for increased utilization and also for a greater number of expensive claims over $100,000. The number of hospitalization days has decreased but their cost has risen, she said.

News of the premium hike didn't sit well with at least one of the unions that represents some of the state's workers.

"I don't know what you could possibly say good about it," said Dennis Hammock, the director of the Atlanta regional office of the Service Employees International Union/National Association of Government Employees. "These benefits have increased, and the salaries have not. This is just added pressure."

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WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 09/11/09 - 01:13 am
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When the increased taxes cut

When the increased taxes cut into the insurance company's profits, the cost of premiums went up and was passed along to the consumer. This is called a hidden tax and still tricks the left into thinking their taxes haven't been raised. Anyone hear the story about the "willing blind"?

Ole School
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Ole School 09/11/09 - 03:37 am
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way to go goverment, don`t

way to go goverment, don`t forget you are taking state employess pay furloughs , so you people can make your raises also . we don`t forget " sunny " days .... oh did i mispell sunny ?

emanon
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emanon 09/11/09 - 05:12 am
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Yes, please go ahead and

Yes, please go ahead and raise my premiums. And please continue to oppose health care reform too. I love every one of my caring and logical republican officials and friends.

Waymore
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Waymore 09/11/09 - 05:49 am
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Instead of going after

Instead of going after worker's salaries, why doesn't the state government up gas tax by a few cents, allow Sunday liquor sales, cut state "welfare" benefits by 10 percent, and start charging a $10 co-pay for doctor visits to those on medicaid/medicare? If we are all in this together, shouldn't everyone on the government payroll sacrifice, not just the state worker?

dashiel
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dashiel 09/11/09 - 06:37 am
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Waymore you make waymore

Waymore you make waymore sense than a little.

chi chi
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chi chi 09/11/09 - 09:01 am
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With increased premiums,

With increased premiums, co-pays and furloughs, I'm not sure, but I think I may have to write the state a check at the end of each pay period in order to keep my state job. Wonder where else they will try to hit us. It's time for state workers to unite and do something about this!

55 F-100
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55 F-100 09/11/09 - 09:10 am
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chi chi, contact the little

chi chi, contact the little bald headed liar under the Gold Dome, and ask him to return to the general fund the millions of dollars allocated for his home county "Fish Georgia" project. BTW, most Georgians do not know that just as the little liar is leaving office, his home county will be building/dedicating the costliest High School in the state of Georgia. Sonny's got so much pork residue on his hands that B. Hussein Obama would refuse to shake hands with him.

3M3T1B
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3M3T1B 09/11/09 - 09:23 am
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Contact the Service Employees

Contact the Service Employees International Union/National Association of Government Employees if you really want to do something.

deekster
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deekster 09/11/09 - 10:00 am
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Civil Service has "Postal

Civil Service has "Postal Carriers Insurance". Who is the underwriter for state employees? The AC should do a story on who has what insurance and who is the underwriter? Two different things. Is it "cost plus administration fees"? Or "traditional group insurance"? HealthCare is the one industry other than government that competition. The more options you have, the more it cost. Disgustia has more medical options and higher cost for services. Small towns with fewer medical option cost less.

Evans Ga.
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Evans Ga. 09/11/09 - 01:34 pm
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My work went up this year as

My work went up this year as well and it makes me sick to think of those lazy bumbs (not those laid off) getting welfare, free health care, and watching Jerry Springer while I"m at work paying high health cost and theirs is free....

TechLover
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TechLover 09/11/09 - 02:38 pm
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whippingpost(again an insult

whippingpost(again an insult to The ABB):Interesting that I can find no new taxes that have gone into effect on insurance companies. That's what I call a really "hidden" tax. So no new tax is the reason premiums have increased? deekster: Civil service has other options besides Postal Carriers (at least I did when I was a nurse at the VA). You can pick the one that offers what you need a a price you can afford. It looks like the State Benefit Plan for Ga is from Cigna, which has one of the lowest satisfaction ratings among health insurance companies.

TechLover
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TechLover 09/11/09 - 02:41 pm
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bumbs?

bumbs?

R2
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R2 09/11/09 - 02:42 pm
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s/b bums. Did you finish

s/b bums. Did you finish school? Work smarter not harder comrade.

1941
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1941 09/11/09 - 03:05 pm
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You can'T blame the president

You can'T blame the president for this increase!! Now what?

1941
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1941 09/11/09 - 03:12 pm
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Evans: You are the one

Evans: You are the one working, those are 'YOUR' preiums going up for your healthcare!! Where are these lazy bums, that are getting all this free healthcare? Are you talking about your two sisters and thier husbands?

soldout
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soldout 09/11/09 - 07:19 pm
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possible beginning of a

possible beginning of a depression.

Whatthetruth
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Whatthetruth 09/11/09 - 08:36 pm
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it is time for teachers to

it is time for teachers to take a stand, U think it is time for a "sick out" day. Between being forced to work on furlough days, and the added workloads, the over-sized classes and lack of book and supplies for students. It is now that action must be taken to be heard. If all teachers were out on the same day, the school system would come to a halt, bet then someone would look at what is being done to hurt the students and teachers in this county and state. How is it that RCBOE knows what the state is going to do before it is done? RCSS changed the funding option a month OK, to make teachers pay 75% of the their benefits and 25% being paid by the board. NOW with this new disclosure by the state, RCSS employees will be paying 85% of their benefits, plus the forced 6 days furlough, ( while still working the days) We do you say enough is enough? ONE SICK out day, and/ or one class action suit... Its time for either PAGE or GAE to take action and take this to court... call your representative, your board member and demand action.... It is time to fight back... CAN I HEAR SICK OUT on OCT 1st... TIME TO BE HEARD.

Whatthetruth
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Whatthetruth 09/11/09 - 08:38 pm
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By the way, why is RCBOE

By the way, why is RCBOE continuing to hire at the central office level... Take a look at the last board committee meeting minutes... If we are sooo broke, why create positions, continue to hire, and continue to have unnecessary positions that truly have no purpose.

I spy
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I spy 09/11/09 - 11:42 pm
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Calling all RCSS board

Calling all RCSS board members, retired teachers, GAE and PAGE members to stand up against the initiative to save teachers from Dr. Bedden's greed to use tax dollars for his personal agenda. Dr. Bedden uses the platform of keeping employees employed, yet with millions of dollars are being cut from teachers pay, he has manipulated employees positions, added more personnel debt, and created new highly paid positions. If teachers are forced to pay 75% to 85% of employee benefits, teachers may as well resign, get on welfare and live on the system. Let's face it, people who are unemployed are better off than the ones who are contributing to society. These people enjoy the comfort of section 8 housing, food stamps, and the finest health-care system that money can buy. Something is truly wrong. There needs to be a thorough internal audit of RCSS current practices. Board members need to look closely at every detail of items they vote on. Dr. Bedden is getting important issues passed by lumping them with less important issues. Go to RCSS website to see how it's being done. Same old tactics, just a new conductor.

I spy
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I spy 09/11/09 - 11:46 pm
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BOARD MEMBERS, you promised

BOARD MEMBERS, you promised to represent the citizens and children well. Our blood and future votes are upon you. Stop the corruption against educators, Please!!!

Warnin
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Warnin 09/12/09 - 07:00 am
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Has anyone asked why the
Unpublished

Has anyone asked why the increase is necessary? Could it be that too many state employees are running to the doctor for a cold. I think if co-pays were increased to $40 it would save enough money to make the fund solvent again. You don't buy car insurance that pays for oil changes and break jobs. Why do you expect your health insurance to do the same.

vint100
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vint100 09/12/09 - 08:35 am
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This is wrong. I am a state

This is wrong. I am a state employee. We have not had a raise in 3-4 years. The insurance keeps going higher and higher. The cost of living keeps rising. Give us a break please!

whyaskwhy
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whyaskwhy 09/12/09 - 08:37 am
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Why all the talk about

Why all the talk about teachers as if they are the only state employees ? What do you think would happen if all workers of the state hospital on Hwy. 56 had a sick day, or if workers at the facility on Tobacco Rd. had a sick day ? , the prison ? , YDC ?etc. What happen to the state employee's union. No pay increase since the last 2%, but now a 10% premium increase ? ? this is too much ! Retired state employees will be hit also and guess what friends, at the average age of 60 years and with 34 plus years of service they are going to the doctor for more than "just a cold". Sunny Days ?? Not in Ga. I say Sonny go back to the farm.

Whatthetruth
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Whatthetruth 09/12/09 - 11:02 am
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ok whyaskwhy... call it a

ok whyaskwhy... call it a sick out day for all government employees. Let's see just how many people are willing to fight back. (I dare say none) that is why state and local lead officials are getting away with what they are doing. If no one is willing to fight back its just going to get worst and fast.... LOOK out bankrupt courts, here come almost all of the government employees... Mr. President, CAN WE GET A BAIL OUT? Let our voices be heard! NOW... its a call to action... stop complaining... and do something... before there is nothing left.

Whatthetruth
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Whatthetruth 09/12/09 - 11:09 am
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notscared... LOL...

notscared... LOL... explain... what is your part in all of this... other than being an uninformed buffoon ... do a survey, find out how many children are sitting in classrooms this year without desk... without the book needed for the class... and soon without a teacher... because the teacher is having to work 1 to 2 jobs after work to make ends meet. Go to a school at the time teachers are supposed to be off, What do you see... In your survey check out the morale of the school employees, for that matter any government employee, and then and only then can you talk in the same class as me... I challenge anyone to ask the tough questions of any student or teacher... and then of a board member... It sure would be interesting to know what you find out.

opinionated princess
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opinionated princess 09/12/09 - 11:38 am
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lol wow Sonny had to do what

lol wow Sonny had to do what had to be done. It's not fair but thats how life works it's not fair. It all has to do with the Democrats ignoring Fannie and Freddie when told by Republicans (which by the was caught on tape I dare you to google it or youtube it) so this whole economy mess is to be blamed on the democrats. Obama care is going to be free but you sit in line in front of a 100 people with obama care at the e.r. with a bone sticking out your leg and let someone who has flu like symptoms go ahead of you. LoL wow! I am not afraid to say it but a majority of the blacks voted for obama becuase he's half black or at least i hope they knew that, they didn't vote for him based on his policies, becuase obama is the most left socialist person alive!

corgimom
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corgimom 09/12/09 - 04:45 pm
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We have no literacy or math

We have no literacy or math workbooks this year for kindergarteners. 5 year olds now make their own. Guess how successful it is. Guess who can't be taught and can't be learning because they are making their own workbooks. They will be fabulous at cutting and pasting one piece of paper to another, though.

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disssman 09/12/09 - 06:07 pm
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whippingpost are you really

whippingpost are you really as stupid as your post would indicate. I would think maybe the insurance companies are raising their rates because doctors and hospitals are raising their rates. Now tell all of us what this mysterious tax was that insurance companys were strapped with by the current administration. We are waiting. Now wonder I left the Republican party. If the current administration had a "secret" tax for insurance companys, I am sure the airways would be ablaze with information. I think what you are seeing is just the tip of the iceberg with healthcare increases and hopefully, for those who don't like the presidents plan, the cost will go so high they will have to make a decision of, insurance or food.

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