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Retired Michigan state lawmakers may soon pay more for their health care

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(Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Retired lawmakers would pay the same 20 percent of their health care premiums that other public retirees are being asked to pay under legislation passed by the Michigan House.

The chamber passed a bill Thursday by a 100-8 vote that would raise a retired lawmaker's premium share from 10 percent to 20 percent beginning Jan. 1.

The measure now goes to the Senate, which is considering similar legislation.

Richmond Republican Andrea LaFontaine sponsored the bill.

She notes that lawmakers required current and retired state employees to begin paying 20 percent of their health care premiums in the latest contracts, so legislators should "take this opportunity to lead by example."