Daugaard Suggests Adding Premiums For State Worker Health Insurance During Budget Address

One of the many proposals suggested by Governor Dennis Daugaard during his final budget address this week was the possible addition of premiums to be paid by state employees to assist in stalling out ever-increasing health insurance costs. The state has two health insurance plans. Under the proposal the low deductible plan would see a 20-dollar premium with the high deductible plan a 40-dollar premium. South Dakota doesn’t charge a premium for workers and Daugaard says most large employers do…

Daugaard says it’s something he didn’t want to propose…

Whether the idea of adding health insurance premium will move forward falls on the 2019 Legislature and Governor-Elect Kristi Noem, who take office and will begin the 94th legislative session in early January.