Governor Branstad released details of a new salary and benefits package he signed off on for non-union state workers. The deal calls for non-contract state employees to pay 20-percent of their health care costs. But that will be offset by a one-and a half percent pay increase and a 90-dollar per month premium reduction plan for those who take part in a wellness program.
"For instance an annual physical, checking out their risk factors, getting a health risk assessment and bringing those down...quitting smoking, losing weight, anything reducing the risk of chronic illness, then they'll actually get their premium bought down." says spokesman Tim Albrecht.
Roughly 3,500 employees will be affected.