Health Benefits Headed Back To State Workers

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A state board has voted to restore to state workers some health benefits that were cut during the recession.

The Public Employee Benefits Program board on Thursday agreed to lower annual deductibles and increase contributions to health savings accounts beginning in the upcoming fiscal year.

The Nevada Appeal reports the board voted earlier to cut the deductibles from $1,900 per worker and $3,800 per family to $1,500 and $3,000 each year.

Many public employees say those deductibles are still too high.

But benefit program officials say deductibles can be lowered substantially by using health account contributions totaling $1,100 per year.