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N.J. Taxpayers Likely to Cover State Workers’ 20% Health Hikes

  • Premiums in plan will increase more than 20% in some cases
  • Unions negotiate deal to limit what their workers will pay
Demonstrators during a union rally outside the State House in Trenton, New Jersey on September 13.
Demonstrators during a union rally outside the State House in Trenton, New Jersey on September 13.Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

Public-worker unions in New Jersey have secured a deal to blunt the impact of a steep rise in their health-care costs in 2023, meaning taxpayers are likely to shoulder the bill.

The New Jersey State Health Benefits Commission voted Wednesday to authorize an increase to medical premiums for state and local government workers, which boosts costs more than 20% in some cases.