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RETIRED STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION OF MASSACHUSETTS
GIC EYES MAISSIVE HEALTH PLAN OVERHAUL
OF THE RETIRED PUBLIC EMPLOYEE
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11 BEACON STREET, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02108-3030 | (617) 723-7283 | WWW.MASSRETIREES.COM SEPTEMBER 2017
Changes Could Begin In 2018
n what would be the largest change to its health insurance offerings in three decades, the state’s Group Insurance Commission
(GIC) is considering a long list of options to restructure the plans and, potentially, the benefit structure it offers.
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SPECIAL GIC MEETING ON JULY 27, 2017
Commissoners Receive Briefing from Consultant Wills Towers Watson
GIC Reforms Not In Budget
Beginning on July 1, 2018, GIC enrollees may find a smaller selection of insurance plans from which to choose. This could include the inclusion of new carriers or simply a consol- idation of the six insurance carriers currently offered.
At its July meeting, the 17-member Com- mission received a detailed report from con- sulting powerhouse Willis Towers Watson out-
ith insurance copayments and Charlie Baker in early July. the statute provides for the appoint- deductibles sharply rising Indications are that legislative ment of a “state retiree” to the 17-
over the past two years, Mass Retirees leaders have grown increasingly concerned over retirees’ ability to afford access to their healthcare benefits.
leaders have opted to address the various aspects of retiree healthcare in a more comprehensive fashion. Mass Retirees officials believe such an effort may begin in earnest this fall.
member GIC. However, that appointment is made directly by the governor with no official input from our Association.
Contained within the Senate’s version of the FY18 State Budget were provisions aimed at increasing retiree and employee input into the healthcare policy process at the state’s Group Insurance Commis- sion (GIC). A section of the budget established a new working group of stakeholders formed to address the growth of out-of-pocket costs.
“We will meet with legislative leaders this summer in advance of the work to reform retiree health insurance,” according to Associa- tion President Frank Valeri. “Our interests must be front and center from the very beginning of this effort.”
For the past several years the GIC’s retiree seat has been held by Association member and former Belmont State Representative Anne Paulsen – naturally, a close Associ- ation ally. She was first appointed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2009 and reappointed to her current 3- year term in the fall of 2014.
Both provisions were held in con- ference and not contained in the FY18 Budget sent to Governor
Of particular interest to our Asso- ciation was the proposal that would have granted Mass Retirees a per- manent seat on the GIC. Currently,
“Anne has been a great retiree representative on the GIC, but we have no assurance that she will be reappointed by Governor Baker this
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