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OCTOBER NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
JANUARY FEBRUARY
NOVEMBER 2017
TIMELINE FOR GIC FY’19 DECISIONS
10/11/17
SELECT PBM FINALISTS
10/19/17
COMMISSION MEETING
11/13/17
SELECT MED/BH FINALISTS
12/19/17
COMMISSION MEETING PBM RECS
1/4/18
COMMISSION MEETING
2/22/18
COMMISSION MEETING RATE/CONTRIB
11/15/17
COMMISSION MEETING
1/10/18
PUBLIC MEETING
1/18/18
COMMISSION MEETING MED/BH RECS
PBM Pharmacy Benefit Manager
Insurance Bids
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by surprise when the GIC proposed the 2nd major increase in copay- ments and deductibles in as many years. By the time retirees and active employees were made aware of what was coming, decisions had been made and it was too late,” said Association President Frank Valeri. “I hope that 2018 has a different outcome and we will not be blind- sided again. While it is still too early to know what the plans, ben- efits and costs will be next year, we’re not leaving anything to chance.
“Retirees are depending heavily on their access to quality affordable health insurance. The more expen- sive things become, the harder it is for our members – especially
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elderly retirees, who are less likely to qualify for Medicare because they were career public employees. I hope the GIC makes the human impact their top concern as these decisions are made.”
Mass Retirees officials are partic- ularly concerned about the impact of plan design changes and higher costs on non-Medicare Retirees. Tens of thousands of public retirees, who began work in public service prior to 1986, do not qualify for either Social Security or Medicare. These “non-Medicare” retirees are enrolled in the same health insur- ance plans as active employees, paying the same copayments, and, more recently, deductibles.
There are currently some 21,000 state retirees over the age of 75 and 7,800 over age 85 receiving bene- fits from the GIC – with thousands
Commission Meeting Decision Point
more retired teachers and municipal employees enrolled within the state’s health insurance plans. State pension benefits for those over age 75 average under $22,000. For municipal retirees the average benefit remains well below $20,000 for older retirees.
At present, some 435,000 retirees, active employees and their depend- ents receive health insurance bene- fits through the GIC. There are cur- rently 45 municipalities participat- ing in the GIC, enrolling all of their retirees and active employees in the state plan. Another 54 school systems enroll their retired teach- ers.
“When you look at the number of people enrolled under these plans the sheer scope and size is enor- mous. We believe more of an effort
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11/27/17
MED/BH FINALISTS INTERVIEWS
AREA MEETINGS
SOUTHEASTERN MASS: Friday, November 17, 2017, 11:00 A.M., White’s Restaurant, 66 State Road, Westport, Jct. I-195 & Rt. 24.
CENTRAL MASS: Friday, December 8, 2017, 11:00 A.M., Auburn Elks LODGE 2118, 754 Southbridge St., Auburn.
FLORIDA GOLD COAST ADVANCE:
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 11:00 A.M., Pompano Beach Civic Center,
1801 N.E. 6th St., Pompano Beach.
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