Health Insurance

Articles about Health Insurance that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees

State Health Insurance Rates Continue To Climb

MAY 2002
- Increase Affects GIC’s State, RMT & EGR Retirees - Retirees and survivors, insured through the state’s Group Insurance
Commission (GIC), will be forced to pay more for their health insurance
beginning July 1.

Quincy Ups Retirees' Life Insurance To $10K

MARCH 2002
- In one of his last official acts as Quincy mayor, James Sheets
announced that the basic life insurance coverage for all active and
retired employees of the city would increase from $5,000 to $7,500,
effective Jan. 1, 2002 and would increase again from $7,500 to $10,000,
effective July 1, 2002.

State Approves Retiree Dental Plan

MARCH 2002
- Coverage Begins July 1 With Altus - After many years of research and countless meetings, the Association
has finally succeeded in obtaining dental coverage for retirees. In
mid-January, the state's Group Insurance Commission (GIC) voted
unanimously to offer dental coverage to retirees beginning in July.

GIC Votes Substantial Copayment Increase

MARCH 2002
- Retirees Forced To Shoulder Budget Cuts - With little advance notice, the state's Group Insurance Commission
(GIC) has moved to increase insurance copayments for the coming fiscal
year. Retirees will now be forced to pay higher prices for prescription
drugs, office visits, and other medical services.

Fitchburg Retirees Win $10,000 Life Insurance

JANUARY 2002 -
Association member Paul Leger, who heads the Fitchburg Retired
Municipal Employees Association (FRMEA), has announced that beginning
January 2002, Fitchburg retirees will receive $10,000 group life
insurance coverage.Fitchburg's
employees and retirees had been insured for $5,000 coverage, but when
the employee's unions bargained for and won $10,000 coverage beginning
in January, Leger and his troops demanded that the city give retirees
the same benefit.

Insurance Reinstatement: Ongoing Problem For Local Retirees

JANUARY 2002
- Polaroid's Problems Highlight Dilemma - Members, who do not carry health insurance with their city or town
when they retire because they have coverage under their spouse's
private sector insurance, should beware.

Sights Set On Retiree Dental Plan

JANUARY 2002
- GIC Bidding Process Underway - As members, insured through the state's Group Insurance Commission
(GIC), press for group dental insurance for retirees, the Association
continues to work closely with GIC officials to obtain the benefit for
the coming fiscal year.

Lahey Clinic Executive Named To GIC

SEPTEMBER 2001
- Governor Jane Swift has named Theron (Ron) Bradley to serve as a
commissioner on the Commonwealth’s Group Insurance Commission. Bradley,
who lives in Wilmington, is the vice president of compensation and
benefits at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Abington Agrees To Pay 50% For Survivors

SEPTEMBER 2001
- County Treasurer McLellan Leads Fight - Along with 20 other towns in Plymouth County, Abington belongs to
what many consider the oldest health insurance pool in the state - the
Plymouth County Health Insurance Program. As it happens, that program
is headed up by a longtime Abington resident, namely Plymouth County
Treasurer John McLellan.

Some Lynn Retirees Hit With 37% Insurance Increase

SEPTEMBER 2001
- Association member Joan Russell, a retired Lynn teacher, said that
she was “shocked” when she received her June pension check that was
almost $80.00 less than usual. Joan and her husband Bill are both under
age 65 and are not eligible for Medicare/Medex and, living out of
state, cannot belong to a Mass HMO.