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Higher medical costs await state workers -- Consultant's study says rates must rise 29.4 percent unless actions are taken
Health insurance premiums for 225,000 local government workers, retirees and their dependents would skyrocket under estimates presented by a consulting firm.
The study warns that rates could jump by nearly 30 percent for health plans handled by the Hawaii Employer-Union Employees Health Benefits Trust Fund.
Marie Laderta, trustee chairwoman and state human resources director, says that if agreement is not reached at a March 18 meeting, the state will be forced to try to negotiate extensions for the insurance programs handled by HMSA, HMA and Kaiser.
Said union leader John Radcliffe, "If we cannot agree on what to do, all public employee health insurance in Hawaii ceases to be as of July 1."