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|Branstad: Non-contract employees to earn salary increases, contribute 20 percent of health care costs|
|News Releases - General Info|
|Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa|
|Friday, 05 April 2013 09:07|
(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today released details on the FY 2014/FY 2015 salary and benefits package he has authorized for State of Iowa employees not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
The governor has approved salary increases for state non-contract employees at the same level as provided to members of the State Police Officers Council—which is a series of one percent non-recurring raises on July 1, 2013, Jan. 1, 2014, July 1, 2014 and Jan. 1, 2015.
In addition, Gov. Branstad has authorized state non-contract employees to participate in health insurance plans that require a 20% employee contribution, but which also allows employees to earn a $90 a month premium reduction in return for participating in new employee wellness programs. Those participating in wellness programs can significantly reduce their health insurance premium costs.
State non-contract employees will enroll in these new health insurance programs this fall and they will be effective for the calendar year beginning on Jan. 1, 2014. In the aggregate, the raises provided by Gov. Branstad will exceed the cost of employee contributions to their health insurance plan.
“We want the best possible deal for state workers in Iowa while protecting the taxpayers who fund state government, which is why we are providing both pay increases and wellness programs to this group of state employees,” said Branstad. “We are pleased to offer this great deal for all state non-contract employees, because we will have healthier employees and a better deal for Iowa’s taxpayers.”
“If Iowa is to have the healthiest state in the nation, it is time for Iowans to have ownership of their own health, starting with our hard-working state employees,” said Branstad. “By offering these wellness programs and health risk assessments, these non-contract state employees will identify risk factors to their health and make corrections in order to live long, healthy lives with their families and friends.”
The Governor’s decision includes the following:
The decision covers 3,435 state employees not covered by a collective bargaining contract and will cost $3 million in FY 2014 and $5.7 million in FY 2015.###
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