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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT PROVIDING AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE OPTIONS TO MUNICIPAL RETIREES.

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is forthwith to provide for the health insurance needs of a group of municipal retirees prior to the open enrollment period that is set to begin on April 1, 2018, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health and convenience.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:

SECTION 1. Section 10B of chapter 32A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in line 12, the words “shall be unrelated” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- may be related.

SECTION 2. Said section 10B of said chapter 32A, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out, in line 14, the words “section four” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- sections 4, 4A and 10C.

SECTION 3. Section 12 of said chapter 32A, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the words “of this section”, in lines 3 and 4, the following words:- as of April 1, 2018.

SECTION 4. Said section 12 of said chapter 32A, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out, in line 19, the words “shall be unrelated” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- may be related.

SECTION 5. Said section 12 of said chapter 32A, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting after the word “four”, in line 21, the following words:- , four A.

SECTION 6. Said section 12 of said chapter 32A, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out, in line 25, the word “shall” and inserting in place thereof the following word:- may.

SECTION 7. Said section 12 of said chapter 32A, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out, in lines 27 to 32 inclusive, the words, “; provided, however, when deemed advisable by the commission in the interest of attaining a more favorable total monthly cost and overall claim experience, the claim experience of the health insurance coverages provided under this section may be combined with the claim experience of the health insurance coverages provided under section ten B”.

SECTION 8. Said section 12 of said chapter 32A, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting after paragraph (f) the following paragraph:- 

(f½) No political subdivision may accept the provisions of this section after April 1, 2018.

Approved, March 26, 2018