NC won’t eliminate ’80/20' benefits plan for state employees

Published: Feb. 5, 2016 at 9:02 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 9, 2016 at 9:02 PM EST
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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) - State Treasurer Janet Cowell said Friday that a eliminating an option involving benefits for state employees known as the Enhanced 80/20 Plan is off the table.

Cowell spoke Friday at the State Health Plan board of trustees meeting. The trustees were meeting about 2017 benefits and state officials are looking at ways to potentially reduce costs.

The Enhanced 80/20 Plan for teachers and state employees is a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

According to The Associated Press, the board's staff had recommended starting in 2018 doing away with the "80/20 plan" – in which members pay 20 percent of health care costs up to a certain deductible. The board will delay that discussion until a later date.

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