Study of Nevada Health Insurance Under Scrutiny

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada officials are challenging a recent study on state employee health insurance benefits, saying Nevada workers pay a much smaller share of their premiums - and much closer to the national average - than the report suggests.

The study's authors at The Pew Charitable Trusts acknowledge at least some of the criticism is founded. Trust spokesman Jeremy Ratner told The Associated Press Thursday they have launched a review of the Nevada data and the methodology that was used.

The study released on Tuesday indicated Nevada state employees cover 26 percent of the share of their premiums, and the state 74 percent. That compares with a national employee contribution average of 16 percent.

James Wells, executive officer of Nevada's Public Employees Benefits Program, says the correct figure for Nevada is closer to 18 percent.