Walker: My self-insurance plan would avert 10% premium hike, and saves 71% more money than I first said

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Refusing to self-insure state employees would trigger a 10 percent increase in health care premiums for 2018, while adopting it would save the state $103 million instead of the $60 million originally touted, according to revised estimates released by Walker Friday. The budget committee has rejected the plan, and critics questions the legitimacy of the new figures. > Wisconsin State Journal

Bill aims to make Veterans Day a state holiday, replacing floating holiday

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Wisconsin is the only state not to close its offices and agencies for Veterans Day. Instead of having that day off, state employees currently get a floating holiday. But bills introduced in both houses last week would replace the floating holiday with a fixed paid day off on Nov. 11. > Wisconsin State Journal

Top Walker aide in ‘disbelief’ over rejection of self-insurance plan

Gov. Walker’s top aide fired back at GOP leaders of the budget committee after they signaled they’ll reject the governor’s proposal to self-insure state workers. “I’m in disbelief that, when you have the opportunity for $60 million in savings, that that would not be looked at more closely,” said DOA Secretary Scott Neitzel.  >  The Cap Times

Walker makes last push for state’s switch to self insurance

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is asking members of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee to back his proposal to move state employees’ health plans to a self-insurance model. Lawmakers in both parties have been skeptical of the proposal from the start.  >  The Cap Times

Assembly committee advances bill barring state health plans from covering abortions

The Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday voted along party lines to advance a bill that would block Wisconsin state employees’ health insurance plans from covering abortions in most cases.  >  The Cap Times

Bill introduced to lengthen state retirement age, reduce benefit

Recently introduced Senate Bill 190 would increase the Wisconsin Retirement System’s minimum retirement age by 2-5 years, depending on occupation, and change the benefit formula for anyone hired after the bill’s effective date.  >  Press release