Two last minute changes have held up the start of the senate hearing on pension and health benefits reform.
According to Senate Democrats Spokesman Derek Roseman, the bill has been changed so that employees with 20 or more years of service are locked into free lifetime health benefits so long as they reach 25 years of service upon retirement.
In the initial proposal would have phased in employees with more than 20 years of service, requiring them to pay a portion of their health benefits upon retirement. Those employees will now be protected under the substitute legislation.
A second change to the bill addresses concerns over coverage for procedures performed out of state. The bill will now provide a separate plan that would allow for out of state procedures. The coverage will not be considered out of network, but will command a higher premium.