According to an issue brief released Oct. 25 by the National Governors Association, states are considering a variety of approaches to addressing rising employee health care costs. Among other things, states are offering wellness programs and incentives for state employees to improve health outcomes by preventing chronic diseases and reducing treatment costs and are introducing new health benefit plans such as high-deductible or consumer-driven health plans, plans designed to maximize the value of expenditures and plans that offer tiered or limited provider networks. "States are addressing rising health care costs in their state employee benefit programs in a variety of innovative ways," Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) said in a statement from NGA. For a the full report, click here.