State workers to see hike in health premiums

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Posted: Monday, April 1, 2013 8:21 pm

State employees might get a 1 percent pay raise this year, depending on what Gov. Susana Martinez decides to do about the budget bill by the end of the week. However, even if that modest raise comes through, part of it will be eaten up by a 15 percent hike in health insurance premiums for state workers, scheduled to go into effect in July.

According to a recent employee benefits newsletter published by the state General Services Department, health plan premiums have not increased for five years, even though the cost of insurance has risen each year. “To maintain the state’s health fund, medical premiums are going up 15 percent beginning in July …” the newsletter said.

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  • sfobserver posted at 7:30 am on Mon, Apr 8, 2013.

    sfobserver Posts: 63


  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 8:55 pm on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 656

    Read today's story about the newly-announced tax cuts for corporations in New Mexico. According to the Associated Press, "the tax proposals are projected to cost the state about $42 million in reduced revenue in the fiscal year starting in July 2015 and grow to $59 million the next year." Well, isn't that special?

    So the jobs, salaries and benefits of public employees have been cut. Is it because unidentified and as yet untargeted entities may or may not move to New Mexico to do business to create jobs--or bring their own trained and qualified people with them, as has been the case in the past?

    And guess what? Now that our governor has squeezed just about everything she can from her private army of "public servants" to balance her budget, told them they could who can take it or leave it, the rest of this glorious mess will be passed along to the rest of you, to wit: "New Mexico will lower taxes on corporations under an economic development measure signed by Gov. Susana Martinez . . . but the new law could lead to higher taxes on goods and services in larger cities and counties" (AP).

    Now of course, this affects those who work for private industry -- or eat, or buy stuff, or purchase services, or live in one of the metro areas.

    Not you? Great! Because the only thing worse would be if you were a public servant and this happened to you, too.

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 7:03 am on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 656

    People in general take public school teachers for granted. With little or no help from parents and for extremely low pay, our teachers not only attempt to educate our children but in many cases they also must socialize, interpret, referee, clothe, feed, provide with supplies, babysit, tutor, coach, and hand out tissues for runny little noses.

    They do this with a post graduate education and get paid at the same level as someone with a high school diploma or GED does. A private sector secretary or receptionist probably makes more.

    So when someone on these blogs tells another who is a “public servant” to go find another job, maybe they should ask themselves if are encouraging their child’s teacher to quit.

  • Harry Haymuss posted at 11:21 pm on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Harry Haymuss Posts: 3

    "Part of it" will be eaten up? I'll bet take home checks go down.

  • Balanced reform posted at 7:41 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Balanced reform Posts: 1

    What he also failed to mention in the article is that the state is bringing in an outside company to take care of our insurance (what we currently do in house). This is being contacted out. Why? And how is this being paid for? Is it possibly being paid by these increases?

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 6:16 pm on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    CarolynDM Posts: 863

    A $350 deductible? Are you freakin' kidding me? I don't think I've ever had less than $1000 deductible. Perhaps it's time state employees face reality that everything is going up for everyone, not just them. They work for 25 years and they're taken care of for the rest of their lives. I'm sure there are plenty of retirees who have gone way past what they contributed for their retirement and what the state put in for them while they were employeed. After that whose pocket does it come out of? Please, stop complaining. You've got it made compared to most.

  • Steve Harbour posted at 4:31 pm on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    EngineerSteve Posts: 66

    This is really getting old. Oil and Gas revenues are up and the state should be mining more coal, copper and uranium to offset the cost of operations for the public employees so they don't get hit with these huge COL increases. I miss Gary Johnson

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 2:27 pm on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 656

    Okay, I guess I was putting MY .02 cents in. Excuse me if I am still underwhelmed by the lack of magninimity of it all. That still turns out to be a whopping four cents a year amortized over the past five years IF one is lucky enough to make $20 an hour, and again, most state employees do not.

    And sir, I do understand the article, regardless of any implications to the contrary. Insurance companies are raising the rates and the employer is not going to pay them -- or their employees. If you work for the state, you will have also learned that there are entire packages being flushed along with the basic benefits. It's more than Mr. Terrell could possibly fit in one article.

    Sure, quit and go work for someone else. Look around , guero. According to every news source available, everyone else has already left the "Land of Enchantment" --in droves.

  • Eric Lucero posted at 12:56 pm on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    EDOGGY Posts: 24

    These premiums are negotiated with the General Services Dept. and the providers. It has nothing to do with Obamacare. Get over that already.

  • Lastmanstanding posted at 12:52 pm on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    Lastmanstanding Posts: 2

    Well, how many of you voted Obama? Just like the Supreme Court ruled, if you don't want Obamacare, then vote the guy out of office. Are you folks really so naïve that you think only the "rich" will have to pay more? This is only the beginning...

  • guero posted at 12:18 pm on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    guero Posts: 20

    1% is .20 cents not .02 cents. And, state employment is voluntary. If employees don't agree with their compensation they can always quit and go to work for someone else. If you understand the article, it is the insurance companies that are raising rates, not the state govt.

  • Red Orgreen posted at 11:43 am on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    Red Orgreen Posts: 14

    Welcome to Obamacare, more to come so pucker up!

  • Joe Montoya posted at 11:34 am on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    Joe_Montoya Posts: 137

    State government gives State employees a mediocre raise with one hand and takes it away with the other hand!

  • Jorge Negrete posted at 10:25 am on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    Jorge Negrete Posts: 22

    Thank you Obamacare! May I have another(increase)!? Obama 2016[wink]

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 9:23 am on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 656

    "Korte noted that the 15 percent insurance hike for employees is not as severe as the rise in the price of health insurance for private-sector employees."

    Why Mr. Korte! That's about as clever as telling your child to be grateful for turnips because other children don't have any -- or pay more for them as the case might be.

    Do you realize that a .01% raise for someone making $20 an hour is only .02? Two cents! Excuse me if I manage to withold my enthusiasm. And most state employees do not make $20 per hour.

  • SFN8TV posted at 9:14 am on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    SFN8TV Posts: 1

    A single parent earning $37,000/ year with 2 children, barely scraping by, will have to either cough up $1050 each year, just to pay the deductables, not to mention the other 20% or so that the insurance will not cover for various medical testing. Not mentioned, the PERA contribution is also going to be higher for employees. Now, what ever happened to the UNION. Employees are also contributing into "union dues", for what? Give back the union dues to employees or do something to help them.

  • Sabine Strohem posted at 7:45 am on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    Sabine_Strohem Posts: 149

    So for teachers: 1% raise, minus the additional $1200 that's being taken to fix retirement, minus 15% more for health insurance. That's a lot to ask of someone who's probably still paying back student loans.

  • GP Herbert posted at 7:31 am on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    GP Herbert Posts: 46

    Unfortunately there is no benefit for Gov. Martinez or the State or the state employees once she lays down with the 0bamacare fleas.


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