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Editorial: State Insurance Coverage

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On the last night of the legislative session, Senators passed by voice vote a resolution asking Alabama's Insurance Board to treat them as they treat all active full-time state employees -paying nothing for single coverage health insurance and $180 a month for family coverage.

They were denied - a reasonable action by the Board, given some of the legal issues involved, and given that this would be granted to Senators and not House members .

Legislators no doubt will try again to achieve this health insurance subsidy, something other Southern state lawmakers get.

While doing so, they should also focus on the money they need to put into the trust funds voters approved this year to help pay obligations owed.

The current projected unfunded liability for retirees health care benefits for state employees and teachers is approaching $20 billion.

Perhaps if lawmakers were part of the system, they would have greater interest in fixing it.

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