Sen. Jones requests bill to make legislators, governor pay 20 percent of health insurance costs

LANSING — State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, has requested a bill be drafted to make all Michigan state legislators, the governor and lieutenant governor pay 20 percent of the cost of their health insurance.

Currently, Jones pays 7.6 percent of his health care costs and wants to see that number changed to 20 percent for all legislators.

“Governor Rick Snyder’s budget team has called for school employees to pay 20 percent of the cost of their health insurance. Senators and representatives must set an example and ensure we pay the same amount,” Jones said.

Jones has already introduced Senate Bill 26 to end lifetime retirement health insurance for senators and representatives after only six years of service.

Calling it “an obscene benefit,” Jones has asked Senate leadership for quick passage. Senators and representatives took a 10 percent pay cut as of January 1 and their retirement packages have been changed to 401K plans.