SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Premiums for health insurance covering about 73,000 state and local government workers in New Mexico and their dependents could increase by 15 percent next year under a proposal by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration.

Workers who cover their families under the health insurance program could see yearly premium increases of at least $315 to as much as $914, depending on their salaries and the choice of their health plan. Employees can select among several insurance providers and medical plans.

The General Services Department will ask the Legislature for $10.1 million in the next budget year to cover the higher rates paid by agencies as the government employer, agency spokesman Tim Korte said Tuesday.

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