Fix finally in for State Health Plan
The third time's the charm: State lawmakers have sent Gov. Perdue a proposal that could finally patch the $515M hole in the State Health Plan.Posted — Updated
What a long, strange trip it's been for legislative attempts to fix the State Health Plan.
Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said the governor met with House and Senate leaders late last week to work out yet another fix. "She didn't want to veto another health plan bill," Pearson said.
“This is truly a happy day,” said House Insurance chairman Jerry Dockham.
In its version of S323, the House had tried to keep the basic plan free, but the Senate had balked at the 30 million or so additional state dollars that would’ve required. In the new bill, higher-than-expected reserves within the State Health Plan would pay for the year of free coverage.
“I know there’s a guarantee for only one year, but I see this as the right fix,” said Rep. Winkie Wilkins, D-Person.
The measure passed its sole House today, 90-24, and was sent to the governor immediately. Pearson says Perdue intends to sign it along with S323 in the very near future.
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