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States rein in health insurance expenses

USA Today, October 25, 2012

Federal data shows that although government employees enjoy more generous health benefits than private employees, the advantage has narrowed from $1,523 in 2007 to $891 in 2012. Financially strapped state and local governments are saving billions of dollars on health insurance by cutting back on free coverage for employees and raising worker contributions. Public employees are fighting back in court, legislatures, contract negotiations and at the ballot box.