Alberta Darling

GOP proposes giving Legislature health insurance oversight

The leaders of the Legislature's powerful budget-writing committee announced Tuesday that they've drafted a bill that would give their panel the ability to sign off on changes to the state's health insurance program. The Group Health Insurance Program covers a wide range of public workers, including state employees; state retirees and their spouses or domestic partners; local government workers whose employers choose to participate in the program; and local government retirees. The program covered tens of thousands of people as of January 2014. An 11-person board that includes the governor and attorney general administers the program from within the state Department of...