OLS sees employees opting for other insurance if Christie plan adopted

TRENTON – Office of Legislative Services chief David Rosen predicted that if Gov. Chris Christie’s insurance plan is implemented, some employees would inevitably opt out of it since it would require them to pay 30 percent of the insurance premiums.

If that happens, Rosen told the Assembly Budget Committee Tuesday that the state could save additional money, since it would no longer require the state to pay 70 percent of that employee’s health insurance premiums.

It wasn’t clear if the state would be required to pay an employee in lieu of not taking state-funded health insurance.

Christie’s plan is expected to save upwards of $300 million.

Lou Greenwald, (D-6), Camden said that the health insurance plan presented by Senate President Stephen Sweeney, (D-3), of West Deptford  would be more responsible, since it takes into account one’s income in determining how much they would contribute.

OLS sees employees opting for other insurance if Christie plan adopted