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PERS Board picks Sanford Health to continue to be the health insurance plan for state employees

The North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System has decided to stay with the Sanford Health plan.

The plan will cover state employees’ health insurance.

Sanford has been the insurance provider since 2015. It replaced Blue Cross-Blue Shield, who had that contract for several years.

The contract retains the current structure, in that state workers will still receive a fully paid plan, and it will remain a bundled medical and pharmacy plan.

"Sanford also submitted by far the lowest-cost proposal," said PERS Executive Director Scott Miller. "It will save the state of North Dakota and our polotical subdivisions millions and millions of dollars over the next biennium."

Miller said the proposal includes wellness programs Sanford has offered in the past. He said the level of satisfaction among state workers concerning the Sanford plan is very high.

The PERS Board will have the option to renew with the Sanford Health Plan for two additional two-year contracts.

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