ND Senate rejects bill on insurance benefits in new plan

April 23, 2015 4:08 PM

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The North Dakota Senate on Thursday rejected a House bill meant to ensure that thousands of public employees receive the same health benefits when their insurance coverage switches to another company this summer. The vote was 46-0.

Sanford Health Plan, which is based in Fargo and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will provide coverage for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System on July 1. Sanford's bid was lower than Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, which had provided coverage to the group for the past 37 years.

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