Audit: State employee health insurance one of country's most expensive
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ An audit has found that Nebraska's state employee health insurance program is one of the country's most expensive, costing taxpayers and workers nearly $12,000 more per employee than the national average.
State Auditor Mike Foley said Monday that the plan was designed inefficiently and suffers from high administrative costs. He said poor monitoring and control have contributed to more than $1.1 million in questionable or unallowable expenses, such as claims from people who were not eligible.
The audit found the annual cost of insurance was more than $27,000 per employee in 2011, compared to the national average of about $15,500.
The state health insurance program covers 29,000 state employees and
dependents. The state pays 79 percent of the premium costs, while employees cover 21 percent.
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