Health Insurance

Articles about Health Insurance that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees

Town Saves Millions In Insurance Costs

NOVEMBER 1998 - Under Coalition Bargaining - Despite
its critics, the coalition bargaining law continues to operate
effectively for the town of Lexington. Under the law, a coalition
bargaining committee of town and union representatives, including one
representing our Association , implement and maintain the health
insurance package for the town’s retirees, employees and survivors.

GIC On Track

SEPTEMBER 1998 - Officials Feel They Are Off To A Good Start - Officials
with the state’s Group Insurance Commission (GIC) feel they are off to
a “good start” with the implementation of the new market based
reimbursement fee schedule.

GIC Takes Cost Control Steps

JULY 1998 - Members Remain Protected From Balance Billing - In
an effort to gain control over the fast rising cost of health care, the
state’s Group Insurance Commission (GIC) is taking steps to equalize
payments made to health care providers. A new system will be
implemented by which doctors and hospitals will be reimbursed for their
services.

Pre-Funding Of Retiree Health Benefits Raised

JULY 1993 - Concept New To Public Sector - Throughout
the 1980’s, the Legislature spent much time and money addressing the
issue of the state’s unfunded pension liability. By most accounts,
Massachusetts had one of the largest unfunded pension systems. It was
estimated that there was as much as a $13 billion shortfall between the
future cost of pensions and the ability of the state and local pension
funds to pay those costs. There was much at stake for both the fiscal
solvency of the state and local governments and for public pensioners.
Pension funding legislation received broad support by not only
management and labor groups but by fiscally conservative watchdog
groups such as Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.