AUGUSTA – A bill to increase the state’s share of health insurance for retired Maine teachers is in the works.
Right now, the state pays 45 percent of a retired teacher’s health insurance premiums.
Under the proposal, the state’s portion would increase by 5 percent in each of the next nine years, to where the state would eventually pay 90 percent of retired teachers’ health insurance costs.
The state teachers union and retired teachers support the bill.
“Increased health insurance premiums, drug costs, co-pays and increased medical costs overall, our retired educators are facing more and more difficulty in meeting their financial obligations,” said retired teacher Kay Grindall.
House Republicans oppose the bill.
“Each new day brings a new way to spend more of other people’s money,” a House GOP spokesman said.