State employees will not have to pay for an increase in their health insurance costs next year.
The South Carolina Fiscal Accountability Authority agreed Tuesday to pay the increase in contributions towards employees’ health plans, a 0.8 percent jump.
According to The State newspaper, South Carolina’s contribution to an employee’s health plan will go from $360 a month to $363 for the employee. For an employee’s entire family, the state’s cost will increase from $893 to $900 monthly.
The increased contributions from the state mean employees health care contributions will remain the same this year, about $100 a month for an individual policy and almost $300 a month for a family plan.
Members of the Authority said the state should bear the costs, since state workers are already having to pay more towards their retirement plans this year.