Firm says its proposals would save Kansas $2B over 6 years

Kansas Statehouse (KSN News)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — A consulting firm has outlined dozens of proposals for Kansas legislators that it says could save the state more than $2 billion over the next six years.

The proposals Tuesday from Kansas City-based Alvarez & Marsal include overhauling health insurance for state workers and bringing local public school employees into a single, statewide health plan.

The state would offer only high-deductible health insurance plans for its workers.

The firm’s 105 proposals include increasing taxes paid by workers’ compensation insurance companies and leasing small plots of state-owned land for cell phone towers.

Alvarez & Marsal says its proposals would save $302 million alone during the fiscal year beginning in July when the state has a projected $190 million budget deficit.

The Legislature hired the firm last year to identify potential efficiencies.

 

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