Public employees everywhere facing changes in health benefits

It’s not just Connecticut: Public employees across the country are facing changes in their health benefits as strapped states and municipalities try to balance their budgets, Melissa Maynard reports at

The changes range from small scale–Oregon workers will not longer be covered for wart and bunion removal–to more significant changes such as Connecticut’s proposed introduction of a wellness-based plan for state employees.

Other big changes: Massachusetts is considering legislation that would allow municipalities to put workers into lower-cost health plans even if unions object; and Vermont is creating a state-run, single-payer plan that will cover all residents, including state employees.