Winchester retiree health costs revisited

By Kathy McCabe
Globe Staff April 10, 2014

Winchester selectmen have scaled back a plan to make retirees pay half the cost of their health insurance premiums, a plan that ignited a backlash from retired town workers.

The Board of Selectmen now proposes increasing premiums to 30 percent for people who retired before 2004, and phasing in the plan over an 18-month period, starting July 1. Later retirees would still pay 50 percent of their premiums, but it would be phased in over two years, according to the proposal.

The board on Monday delayed voting on the new proposal until April 22, to allow newly elected Selectman Stephen Powers time to review it. Powers, a former School Committee member, defeated former Board of Selectmen chairman Douglas Marmon in the April 1 election.

Marmon was on the board when it voted unanimously to increase premiums to 50 percent.

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