Health Insurance

Articles about Health Insurance that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees

Easthampton Retirees Win Insurance Subsidy, Finally change In Government Was Key

MAY 2000 -
After a thirty-five-year struggle, which included 10 failed ballot
initiatives, city of Easthampton retirees, including teachers, have
finally succeeded in winning a health insurance subsidy.

State Sets Insurance Premiums: HMO Rates Skyrocket

MAY 2000 -
What a difference a decade makes! In 1990 HMOs were the new darlings of
the state’s Group Insurance pool. During a period when the traditional
indemnity plan was being labeled as a “budget buster,” state insurance officials began to rely heavily on the
low cost managed care plans. At that time, then-Governor Michael
Dukakis was out front in praising HMO membership.

House Endorses Dental Plan

MAY 2000 -
Retirees are one step closer to obtaining full dental and vision
coverage after the House endorsed the Association’s plan in the annual
state budget. If the Senate includes the plan in their budget, members
insured with the state’s Group Insurance Commission will have the much
needed coverage beginning on July 1, 2001.

Framingham Health Insurance Controversy Resolved

MARCH 2000 - Coalition Bargaining Committee Stands Firm - After
three years of ongoing, and at times bitter negotiations, Framingham
town officials and the coalition bargaining committee, on which the
Association sits, have reached agreement on the town's group health
insurance program. Bob Foley, a retired police captain, is the
Association's representative on the bargaining committee.

State Opens Insurance Enrollment Period

MARCH 2000 - GIC Health Fairs Held From April 8 to May 6 - In
light of the rapidly changing health insurance marketplace, members
insured through the state's Group Insurance Commission are asked to pay
close attention to this year's open enrollment period. The GIC will
hold its annual health fairs April 8 to May 6.

Dental Plan Moves Ahead

MARCH 2000 - Our
attempt to obtain retiree dental coverage during the current
legislative session received a major boost in January after Governor
Paul Cellucci endorsed our plan.

Harvard Pilgrim In Trouble

MARCH 2000 - HMO Now Under State Control - With
the birth of a new year, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC) has found
itself in severe financial difficulty after registering a $197 million
loss in 1999. The first week of January, it became known that HPHC had
lost $78 million more for the year than had previously been assumed. As
the company teetered on the verge of bankruptcy, state officials and
the Supreme Judicial Court promptly placed HPHC under state

Health Insurance Pool Continues Growth

JANUARY 2000 - MIIA Plan Now Includes 52 Towns - Being
the state's largest municipal health insurance pool best describes the
Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA) Health Benefits
Trust. MIIA is the insurance arm of the Massachusetts Municipal
Association (MMA).

Insurance Advisory's Role At Issue

JANUARY 2000 - Plymouth Committee Sues Town - In
what could possibly become a landmark legal decision, the Town of
Plymouth's Insurance Advisory Committee has filed suit against the town
in superior court. The suit alleges that the town failed to comply with
state law by not including the advisory committee in discussions
regarding the town's insurance plans.

Dental Plan On Horizon

JANUARY 2000 - State and Local Retirees Would Be Eligible - Association
lobbyists are on the verge of a major breakthrough in providing
comprehensive dental and vision coverage to members insured through the
state's Group Insurance Commission (GIC). The news follows several
attempts in recent years to obtain coverage for state and local
retirees insured under the GIC.