Articles about Local Insurance that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees
JULY 2011 VOICE: With pension reform in the spotlight for three years and still underway, municipal health insurance reform has temporarily pushed pensions to the back-burner as the House and Senate have tackled head-on the long-simmering municipal health insurance quandary.
Retirees Must Have Voice In Process
The battle, now being waged in Wisconsin over the rights of public employees to collectively bargain, should come as no surprise to Association members. As we have been reporting for some time, there is a growing national movement to reduce and alter the health care and defined benefit pensions of public employees and retirees.
GIC Mandate Proposed
Filing his third barebones budget in as many years, Governor Deval Patrick has proposed a significant change to local health insurance plans in an attempt to plug growing budget deficits that are the result of the ongoing economic recession.
In addition to slashing the budget of the stateâ€™s Group Insurance Commission (GIC) by $100 million for FY12, the Governor is also proposing a 7% cut in non-school local aid to cities and towns. In order to offset local aid cuts, Patrick has reintroduced a plan that could drastically alter municipal health plans.
Study finds most cities, towns don't put enough aside
Massachusetts residents face potentially devastating tax increases in the coming years to pay health insurance benefits for retired police, firefighters, and other municipal employees, according to a new study that finds the 50 largest cities and towns alone face a retiree health care bill of $20 billion over the next 30 years.
By Sean P. Murphy Globe Staff / February 16, 2011
Bargaining Right Not Eliminated
SEPTEMBER 2010 VOICE: Heeding calls not to violate the rights of active and retired local employees by eliminating health care bargaining rights, the Legislature has rejected a scheme devised by local officials to gain control of health insurance â€œplan designâ€.