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.

LTC Insurance Offered To Federal Retirees

MAY 2002
- Senator Chandler Sponsors Mass. Study - Back in November 2000, we reported that the federal government was
working to implement a long term care (LTC) insurance program, which
would be offered to its retirees and employees this year. By today’s
definition, LTC encompasses a full range of services beyond nursing
home care, including home or community based services and assisted
living facilities.

Retirees Prefer Indemnity Health Plan

MAY 2002
- HMOs Are More Popular With Employees - Retirees, insured by the Commonwealth’s Group Insurance Commission
(GIC), have an overwhelming preference in the GIC’s indemnity health
insurance plan, according to the latest GIC data.

New State Dental Plan Takes Shape

MAY 2002
- Retirees Urged To Take Close Look - News that the state has created a retiree dental plan has been met
with mostly positive reaction among eligible Association members. The
new plan, which begins July 1, 2002, is the first time such coverage
will be offered to retirees enrolled under the state Group Insurance
Commission (GIC). This includes those retired teachers and local
government retirees who hold GIC coverage.

Webster Retirees Seek Help With Insurance Premiums

MAY 2002
- Southwick Pensioners Have Town’s Support For Increased Premium Aid - Retirees of the Central Mass. community of Webster are again
attempting to win the support of the town’s voters as they seek
assistance with their health insurance premiums.

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.