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New Jersey coalition seeks legislative relief from high health care premiums

Posted On: Dec. 13, 2022 9:32 AM CST

After months of lobbying Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration, local government leaders and labor unions in New Jersey are now turning to the state Legislature for relief from double-digit rate hikes on state health benefit plans, reports Premiums for local government workers are set to increase by 20% Jan. 1 after a state health board voted in September to approve the increases. A coalition of labor representatives and local government leaders on Dec. 12 unveiled a policy proposal that includes cost-saving measures and a one-time appropriation of $350 million to help offset the increases.