As North Carolina’s State Health Plan faces a projected shortfall of $1.2 billion over the next two years, it seems the last thing needed right now is any measure that would increase the costs of the program.
Essentially, what the bill does is expedite how quickly new state employees begin receiving their state health coverage. Previously, new employees needed to wait until the first day of the month following their first day of employment. SB 519 would move up coverage to the new employee’s actual first day of employment.
As legislation to “fix” the State Health Plan’s financial troubles by raising co-pays and deductibles moves through the Senate, SB 519 would only make any fixes more expensive.