As we mentioned last week, Gov. Jay Inslee struck a health care deal with state employee unions that will keep employee contributions to their health costs level while implementing some type of wellness program, the details of which will be worked out with the unions later. As The Olympian put it, "Both parties say details remain to be worked out by labor and management on a wellness plan that is supposed to steer workers toward more healthful activities and lower costs."
It's unclear how much in health care savings the state could realize under the wellness plan, but King County saw solid results when it instituted a wellness plan for county employees. The question is, how will the state spend any health care savings?
If he's going to keep his campaign promise of how to find new money for education, Inslee will be plowing wellness plan savings into K-12 and higher ed. To "the larger question, which is funding education," Inslee offered a four-pronged approach in the video below (an answer that was repeated to many an audience): Grow the economy, "adopt a preventative health care program," institute lean management systems, and close tax loopholes.
Interest groups will come calling in Olympia, especially ones who did not care for the Senate majority's 4:1 prioritization of budget growth to education (not that they're against education funding, mind you, they just want more money for everybody). Will Inslee say education comes first?Posted by Adam Faber at October 09, 2013 04:41 PM | Email This