Value of state employee health plans at a glance

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Wisconsin state employees have some of the most valuable health insurance plans in the nation, according to a study released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The study looked at plans' average actuarial value, which reflects the share of medical costs that would be covered for most people. It found Wisconsin state employees' plans averaged 97 percent, comparable to "premium plans" purchased through the new, online health insurance marketplaces.

Nationwide, the average was 92 percent.

Most people shopping in the marketplaces buy plans with an average actuarial value of 70 percent. Plans provided by private employers typically cover about 80 percent.

Here's a look at states with the nine most valuable employee health insurance plans:

Average Actuarial ValueAverage total premium per employeeAverage employee premium contribution
Connecticut98$1,19914%
Iowa97$9823%
New Hampshire97$1,5126%
New Jersey97$1,3345%
Rhode Island97$1,23020%
Wisconsin97$1,33113%
Hawaii96$79242%
Maryland96$1,00619%
New York96$1,10624%
United States92$96316%
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