It's regrettable that it took the threat of a teachers strike to bring it about, but the decision Tuesday by Gov. Ernie Fletcher to call a special legislative session to deal with problems in the state employees' health insurance plan was a good one.
Premiums and deductibles under the new plan clearly are very high.
According to an Associated Press story, premiums differ on a sliding scale based on an employee's income. There are three different plans: essential, preferred and premium.
An employee making the average state government salary of just more than $36,000 per year would pay $521 each month for family coverage, with an $800 deductible, with out-of-pocket expenses capped at $4,000 under the "preferred" plan.
We've not seen any surveys of what the average Kentuckian employed in private industry pays for health insurance, but state employees probably are paying substantially higher premiums.