SECTION 1. Any city or town accepting the provisions of this section may establish and maintain a committee known as a “Group Insurance Committee” consisting of seven (7) members to be constituted as follows: Four (4) persons, who are not eligible to receive Town Insurance Benefits, to be appointed by the Mayor or Board of Selectmen, two (2) persons to be elected by the organizations of the governmental units’ employees, and one (1) person who shall be a retiree of the city or town who shall be appointed by the Mayor or Board of Selectmen.
SECTION 2. Four (4) members of said committee shall constitute a quorum. Said committee shall act upon the majority vote of a quorum at any meeting held in conformity with the provisions of Section 23B of Chapter 39 of the Massachusetts General Laws.
SECTION 3. The Group Insurance Committee shall have the full and final authority to determine changes in any design or composition of any and all group general or blanket, hospital, surgical, medical, dental, and other health insurance plans, including, but not limited to, the services of a health care organization, and including coverage offered on a self-funded basis pursuant to sections 3A, 11 or 12 of Chapter 32 of the General Laws. Any plan design changes may include, but not be limited to, changes to employer/ employee contribution levels, co-pay amounts and deductibles. Such changes as the Group Insurance Committee shall deem appropriate shall be effective as of the date of said changes are voted upon by the committee and shall not be subject to collective bargaining under the provisions of Chapter 150E of the General Laws.
SECTION 4. This section shall take effect in a county, city, town or district upon its acceptance in the following manner: in a county, by a vote of the county commissioners; in a city having a Plan D or a Plan E charter, by the majority vote of its city council and approved by the manager; in any other city by majority vote of its city council and approved by the Mayor; in a town, by vote of its Town Meeting, in a regional school district, by the vote of the regional district school committee.
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