Legislators Begin Reviewing Health Proposals

Montgomery, AL – Governor Bob Riley's health insurance proposals went before the Legislature's four budget committees Tuesday for public hearings. One particular group of public employees is getting some special attention. Smokers would be required to pay more for the insurance under the governor's plan. State finance director Jim Main says smokers cost the state about 100 dollars extra per month in health care costs. The state would require smokers to pay some of that -- an extra 20 dollars per month for health insurance.