PHOENIX — Arizona briefly looked at the possibility of moving state
workers into health insurance exchanges when officials were examining whether to
create a state exchange, said Don Hughes, Gov. Jan Brewer’s health policy
adviser. They quickly jettisoned the idea, and later decided the federal
government would be allowed to set up an exchange in Arizona.
The state provided health insurance for about 50,000 active employees in 2011.
The state is self-insured, meaning it pays for all the care. The Arizona
Department of Administration spent $549 million on health care for those workers
and their dependents that year. That works out to nearly $11,000 per employee.