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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2087        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2457


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Bradley H. Jones, Jr.


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to municipal health insurance reform.






Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Marc T. Lombardo

22nd Middlesex

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

4th Hampden

Michael R. Knapik


Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Donald H. Wong

9th Essex

Daniel K. Webster

6th Plymouth

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Steven L. Levy

4th Middlesex

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Paul Adams

17th Essex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2087        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2457

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2457) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and others relative to health insurance reform for municipal employees.  Public Service. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act relative to municipal health insurance reform.


              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.  Chapter 32B of the General Laws, as so appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following new section:

              Section 21.  (a) Effective July 1, 2011, a governmental unit shall include, as part of the group general or blanket insurance providing hospital, surgical, chiropractic, medical, dental and other health insurance, hereinafter a “health benefit plan” that it offers to its employees and retirees, design features that are either a) less costly on a per member per month basis or b) the actuarial equivalent of health plans offered by the Group Insurance Commission pursuant to Chapter 32A, which plans shall be offered without bargaining pursuant to either Chapter 150E or Section 19 of Chapter 32B.  For purposes of this section, a “Point of Service” plan offered by a governmental unit shall be considered to fall within the PPO class.

              Nothing herein shall prohibit a governmental unit from including in its health benefit plan higher co-payments, deductibles co-insurance or other plan design features different than those authorized by the preceding paragraphs of this section; but such higher co-payments, deductibles or co-insurance or other plan design features may be included only after the governmental unit has satisfied any bargaining obligations pursuant to either Chapter 150E or Section 19 of Chapter 32B.

              (b) Employees or retirees who are eligible or become eligible for Medicare coverage shall transfer to Medicare coverage.  In the event of transfer to Medicare, the political subdivision shall pay any Medicare part B premium penalty assessed by the federal government on retirees, spouses and dependents as a result of enrollment in Medicare part B at the time of transfer into the Medicare health benefits supplement plan.

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