State Senate Democrats have introduced a bill that would offer access to the health plan for state employees to private-sector employees who work for any business with 25 or fewer employees.
The plan, senators said, would provide health-care coverage for workers at the 50 percent of S.C. small businesses that do not provide health insurance, while also spreading the risk and possibly reducing costs. Businesses and their employees, not state taxpayers, would pay the full cost of the insurance.
However, the plan may violate federal rules. However, state Sen. Brad Hutto, D- Orangeburg, said Democrats want a hearing on the bill to determine if expanding the health plan was possible.