Byline: M. Paul Jackson
Aug. 29--The N.C. State Health Plan said yesterday that it will increase its rates over the next two years to keep up with the rising cost of health care.
The plan's customers will see their premiums increase an average of 5.6 percent next year and 5.6 percent in 2009.
The increase is lower than the average increase for private-sector employees, said George Stokes, the health plan's executive administrator.
The state health plan is a health-insurance plan that covers North Carolina's public employees, including teachers, state workers, and university and community-college workers. The plan covers about 624,000 …