Health Insurance

Articles about Health Insurance that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees

State Indemnity Plan Merges

MARCH 2004
- WellPoint-Anthem Would Insure 26 Million - The company which administers the Commonwealth Indemnity Plan,
UniCare, has announced that its parent company is set to merge with
Anthem Inc.

Lynnfield Selectmen Switch Retired Teachers' Insurance

JANUARY 2004 - For the first time in 30 years, a town has revoked and terminated its membership in the state health insurance program.

Medical Out-Of-State Bill Dilemma Continues

- A dilemma continues to exist among some of our non-Medicare members
who are insured by the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) and now live

Medicare Drug Benefit

JANUARY 2004 - Members Need Not Worry - When we first reported on the push to establish a Medicare drug benefit (September Voice),
we emphasized to our members not to worry since if such a benefit was
established, it would not have a direct and immediate impact on them.
As we went to press, Congress appears close to enacting a Medicare drug
benefit, and our advice remains constant - don't worry.

Editiorial: Drug Prices Must Come Down!

- Much has been reported in the press over the past few months about
efforts, led by the City of Springfield, to lower the cost of
prescription drugs by encouraging retirees and employees to purchase
those drugs through Canadian pharmacies.

Feds Move To Block Drug Imports

- Springfield/Pittsfield Look To Canada - They had hoped to save their cities millions of dollars a year by
purchasing prescription drugs from Canada, but officials in Springfield
and Pittsfield may have to develop a new strategy to cut the rising
cost of prescription drugs.

Easier Route For Local Retirees

- Legislature Changes Insurance Law - Members, who have retired from one of the twenty-six towns or seven
school districts which do not contribute towards retirees' health
insurance coverage, may now find it easier to get the community to
contribute towards their insurance.

Lynnfield Retired Teachers Oppose Insurance Change

NOVEMBER 2003 - Association Joins In Local Effort - Lynnfield
retired teachers have rallied together to oppose a controversial
proposal before their board of selectmen, to drop the insurance plan
that they now have with the state's Group Insurance Commission (GIC).
In place of the current plan, the proposal would switch these retirees
to the town's insurance plan (Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Medex 3)
purchased through the MIIA (Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance

GIC's Reimbursement Letter Misleads Many

- Full Medicare Premium Paid By Members - Members, who are insured under the state's Group Insurance Commission
and also enrolled in Medicare, received a check from the state
indicating it was a partial reimbursement for Medicare Part B. Having
read the GIC's notice accompanying the check, these members were left
with the general impression that they were receiving a reimbursement on
the money withheld from their Social Security check to pay Part B.

Congress Moves To Establish Medicare Drug Benefit

- Controversial Managed-Care Option To Be Offered - With a large majority of members insured under Medicare, our
Association has been maintaining a watchful eye on potential changes in
this program, particularly the legislation that would establish a new
drug benefit plan. According to Legislative Chairman Bill
Hill,"Congress was still resolving the differences between the Senate
and House versions of the law when we went to press.