BLS Issues Report on State and Local Government Health Plan Provisions

Seventy-three percent of state and local government employees with health benefits have fee-for-service plans (mostly, preferred provider organizations) while the remaining 27 percent are in health maintenance organizations (HMOs). These data are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report National Compensation Survey: Health Plan Provisions in State and Local Government in the United States, 2011 bulletin, which was released today. This bulletin presents estimates on the detailed provisions of employer-provided health plans in state and local government in 2011, featuring information on:

– medical care benefits,

– fee-for-service plans,

– health maintenance organizations,

– selected benefits by type of plan,

– high deductible and non-high deductible health plans,

– mental health care and substance abuse treatment benefits,

– outpatient prescription drug benefits,

– dental care benefits, and

– vision care benefits

Under the National Compensation Survey (NCS) program, information on the incidence and provisions of benefits is published in stages. An earlier bulletin provided March 2011 NCS data for civilian, state and local government, and private industry workers on the incidence of (access to and participation in) selected benefits and detailed provisions of paid holidays, life insurance plans, and some other benefit plans, as well as on employer and employee shares of contributions to medical care premiums and their average amounts. Data for civilian, private industry, and state and local government workers for March 2012 will be issued later this year. Detailed health plan provision tables for private industry are scheduled to be published in the winter of 2012-2013.

For more information on these data and recent and historical NCS benefits data visit, or contact the NCS information office at 202.691.6199 or