Health Insurance

Articles about Health Insurance that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees

LTC Insurance Offered To Federal Retirees

MAY 2002
- Senator Chandler Sponsors Mass. Study - Back in November 2000, we reported that the federal government was
working to implement a long term care (LTC) insurance program, which
would be offered to its retirees and employees this year. By today’s
definition, LTC encompasses a full range of services beyond nursing
home care, including home or community based services and assisted
living facilities.

Retirees Prefer Indemnity Health Plan

MAY 2002
- HMOs Are More Popular With Employees - Retirees, insured by the Commonwealth’s Group Insurance Commission
(GIC), have an overwhelming preference in the GIC’s indemnity health
insurance plan, according to the latest GIC data.

Quincy Ups Retirees' Life Insurance To $10K

MARCH 2002
- In one of his last official acts as Quincy mayor, James Sheets
announced that the basic life insurance coverage for all active and
retired employees of the city would increase from $5,000 to $7,500,
effective Jan. 1, 2002 and would increase again from $7,500 to $10,000,
effective July 1, 2002.

State Approves Retiree Dental Plan

MARCH 2002
- Coverage Begins July 1 With Altus - After many years of research and countless meetings, the Association
has finally succeeded in obtaining dental coverage for retirees. In
mid-January, the state's Group Insurance Commission (GIC) voted
unanimously to offer dental coverage to retirees beginning in July.

GIC Votes Substantial Copayment Increase

MARCH 2002
- Retirees Forced To Shoulder Budget Cuts - With little advance notice, the state's Group Insurance Commission
(GIC) has moved to increase insurance copayments for the coming fiscal
year. Retirees will now be forced to pay higher prices for prescription
drugs, office visits, and other medical services.

Fitchburg Retirees Win $10,000 Life Insurance

JANUARY 2002 -
Association member Paul Leger, who heads the Fitchburg Retired
Municipal Employees Association (FRMEA), has announced that beginning
January 2002, Fitchburg retirees will receive $10,000 group life
insurance coverage.Fitchburg's
employees and retirees had been insured for $5,000 coverage, but when
the employee's unions bargained for and won $10,000 coverage beginning
in January, Leger and his troops demanded that the city give retirees
the same benefit.

Insurance Reinstatement: Ongoing Problem For Local Retirees

- Polaroid's Problems Highlight Dilemma - Members, who do not carry health insurance with their city or town
when they retire because they have coverage under their spouse's
private sector insurance, should beware.

Sights Set On Retiree Dental Plan

- GIC Bidding Process Underway - As members, insured through the state's Group Insurance Commission
(GIC), press for group dental insurance for retirees, the Association
continues to work closely with GIC officials to obtain the benefit for
the coming fiscal year.

Lahey Clinic Executive Named To GIC

- Governor Jane Swift has named Theron (Ron) Bradley to serve as a
commissioner on the Commonwealth’s Group Insurance Commission. Bradley,
who lives in Wilmington, is the vice president of compensation and
benefits at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Abington Agrees To Pay 50% For Survivors

- County Treasurer McLellan Leads Fight - Along with 20 other towns in Plymouth County, Abington belongs to
what many consider the oldest health insurance pool in the state - the
Plymouth County Health Insurance Program. As it happens, that program
is headed up by a longtime Abington resident, namely Plymouth County
Treasurer John McLellan.