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More companies to participate in state health benefits

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Christopher Jones, Northside Instructional Coach Christopher Jones, Northside Instructional Coach
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Georgia teachers, state employees, and retirees have more health insurance options.

The Department of Community Health announced it will increase the number of companies participating in the State Health Benefit Plan next year.

The changes come after months of protests from workers who said changes that took effect this year resulted in much higher out of pocket costs for them.

One Northside Elementary School teacher in Albany told us he's happy about the new changes.

"Competition is always a good thing, it gives you options," said Northside Instructional Coach Christopher Jones. "It gives individuals the opportunity to make the best informed decision to provide coverage for their families. So I think that it's an awesome thing."

The Department is currently reviewing proposals for next year and will decide which companies will offer insurance plans by the summer.

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