HEALTH COSTS: Branstad Calls On Lawmakers

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Gov. Terry Branstad is telling lawmakers it is time to pay-up.

He wants them to voluntarily pay 20-percent of their health insurance premiums.

The directive comes on the heels of a new contract with AFSCME that shields union members from paying health costs.

“I think it’s time they lead instead of follow some legislators have said well we’ll follow whatever this contract is and we’re saying maybe it’s time to lead the rest of the country is ahead of us, federal employees are paying 25 percent. I think we’re one of only six states that pay nothing,” says Branstad.

Radio Iowa reports only a handful of Iowa’s 150 lawmakers voluntarily pay a portion of health insurance premiums.