PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI)-- Nearly all new and returning Rhode Island legislators say they will pay at least 10 percent of their state-paid health insurance or waive the benefit in exchange for an end-of-year payment.
State-paid health insurance is worth $7,506 for an individual plan and $21,038 for a family plan.
Most of Rhode Island's part-time lawmakers have chosen to pay 10, 15 or 20 percent of the cost. A few are agreeing to pay 25 percent of the cost.
Nineteen House members and 12 Senators may claim a waiver payment of $1,001 in December for forgoing the health benefit. Another 18 lawmakers declined the health insurance and waiver payment in its entirety.
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