We Reject Cuts to our Health Care

This week, Governor Steve Sisolak released an executive summary of his Fiscal Year 2022-2023 budget proposal. While we wait for the entire budget to be released, we take issue with recommendations to cut our health care coverage.  

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Nevada state employees have gone above and beyond to ensure the continuation of services our communities depend on to live healthy and productive lives. While Governor Sisolak recognizes the need to prioritize the health and wellbeing of state employees, no one deserves to see their health care cut during a pandemic. 

The proposed changes to the Public Employees Benefit Program puts state workers in a position to pay more out-of-pocket for our health care needs. While premiums will stay relatively flat, or in some cases lower, the real damage is in the details – the plans in this proposal cut our health care coverage, slash our Basic Life Insurance, and eliminate Long Term Disability Insurance.  

Workers on the CDHP plan, the plan in which most state employees are enrolled, will see increased deductibles and out-of-pocket costs, and a reduced employer match to their Health Savings Account in this proposal.  

Workers on the EPO plans, a popular plan for state employees in Northern Nevada, will pay more out-of-pocket with a new deductible and coinsurance, introduced for the first time this year.  

The proposal cuts Basic Life Insurance coverage by almost half and completely removes Long-Term Disability coverage. These cuts put us in real jeopardy, as state employees do not have Social Security protections 

These are significant cuts to our health plans, forcing more out-of-pocket costs and putting needed health care services out of reach for thousands of front-line heroes.  

Next week, the PEBP board has a meeting to review these recommendations. We need you to call in or provide written public comment about how these changes will affect you and your family, and your ability to do your job.  

Last summer, AFSCME members fought back against cuts to our pay and won. When we speak out, we can make changes!