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4:39 pm
Fri August 28, 2009

Dillon providing details on Michigan health plan

LANSING, MI – A 13-member board appointed mostly by the governor would play a key role in developing a statewide health care coverage plan for public employees pitched by the top Democrat in the Michigan Legislature.

House Speaker Andy Dillon introduced a draft version of a key part of his proposal Friday. It could be introduced and assigned to a special legislative committee as early as next week.

Dillon says up to $900 million a year could be saved with the
plan.

It could raise public workers' health insurance premiums or reduce benefit levels. Money could be saved by pooling coverage for 400,000 workers into a single group.

Bargaining would be done at a statewide level.