Commissions Seek Ways to Control Insurance Costs

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Three separate government efforts are underway in Alabama to find a way to control the spiraling cost of providing health insurance for teachers and state employees.

Commissions formed by Gov. Bob Riley and Senate President Pro Tem Lowell Barron and a House budget panel are meeting this summer to find ways to control health insurance costs, without making it too expensive for employees to afford.

Retirement Systems of Alabama Chief David Bronner serves on the governor's blue ribbon task force on long-term health care costs. Bronner says if costs continue to rise, in 10 years the state may not be able to afford to offer health insurance and employees won't be able to pay for it themselves