- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new report says Iowa state employees receive generous health benefits and pay little out of pocket for coverage.

The Pew Charitable Trusts and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation released the report Tuesday. It shows what states are paying for employee health care.

In Iowa, the state pays 97 percent of health care costs for an average worker enrolled in the plan. That’s higher than a national average of 92 percent. Iowa is among six states that pay 97 percent or more of average employee health care costs.

The plans most people buy through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces cover 70 percent of the costs.

Danny Homan, who heads the state’s largest public employee union, says state workers have passed on raises to maintain health benefits.

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