COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State employees in South Carolina would pay more for health care under the House Ways and Means budget plan.

The committee approved Wednesday spending an additional $59 million to fully cover the rising cost of health care premiums, so their take-home pay won’t decrease. However, employees will pay more out of pocket if they get sick. Doctor, hospital and pharmacy co-pays would increase by 20 percent. Employees also would be required to spend more before coverage kicks in, since health care deductibles would also rise 20 percent.

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