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Kansas Employee Health Insurance Will Cost More In 2017


Health insurance costs for state employees in Kansas will be rising again next year.

The increases vary depending on the plan, but rate hikes range from around 9 to 30 percent, with additional increases for dental and vision coverage. Rebecca Proctor, with the Kansas Organization of State Employees, says there are some state workers making around $12 to $14 an hour, so the rising costs really hit their bottom line.

“When you look at, for instance, an increase of $40 a pay period, that’s a lot of money," Proctor says. "That’s $80 a month that could pay an electric bill, that could pay school fees, that could buy groceries."

Proctor says this will be the second year in a row of sizeable cost increases when state workers haven’t had an across-the-board pay increase for more than five years. A spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says health care costs are rising and state officials had to adjust the employee contribution amounts.

Stephen Koranda is Statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio and the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KCUR, KMUW, Kansas Public Radio and High Plains Radio covering health, education and politics.