STATE BENEFITS: Study Says Change Could Save Millions
A study shows changes of state employees’ benefits could save Iowa $116-milllion.
The Department of Administration Services contracted an outside service for the study. It compares state workers’ benefits to private sector benefits.
The study found 88-percent of state workers pay no monthly premium for health insurance. It suggest several changes including adding a 20-percent employee premium contribution to health insurance.
Another suggestion is to add a wellness program offering incentives to those making positive health changes.
AFSCME leader Danny Homan says the report is an attempt to mislead Iowans.
He says, “The fact is that a study by the non-partisan “Iowa Policy Project” found that even when accounting for benefits such as health insurance, public employees in Iowa received 6 to 8 percent less total compensation than their private sector counterparts with similar levels of education.”