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HEALTH INSURANCE: Senators Should Pay

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The top republican in the Iowa Senate wants the legislature to set an example when it comes to health insurance.

District 9 senator, Bill Dix released a statement Thursday in reaction to the AFSCME deal with the state that retained exclusions to health care premiums, saying:

“The majority of Iowans pay a portion of their health insurance and it is not unreasonable to ask state employees to do the same. That is why senate republicans have offered a bill requiring members of the general assembly to pay 20% of their health care premiums.”

Currently, state employees can voluntarily pay a portion of their health care premiums. Governor Branstad made it possible with an executive order last year.

Staffers tell Channel 13, Senator Dix has not volunteered to pay and is still receiving free health insurance.