BY JULIET FLETCHER, State House Bureau

State, local and public school employees will see their existing health premium costs increase by at least 9 percent next year, as benefits reform shifts more of that burden to workers’ paychecks.

A state commission is hearing details of health care plan cost increases for public workers.

Two state commissions confirmed Wednesday that next year’s prices for the current health plans familiar to employees will jump, but at the same time approved rates for newly designed plans that officials hope employees will choose to save money in the long term.


Workers will be offered the new choices at enrollment starting Oct. 17.


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