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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2100         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2459

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

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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 regarding municipal health insurance plans.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

4th Hampden

Marc T. Lombardo

22nd Middlesex

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

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth

Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Steven L. Levy

4th Middlesex

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2100        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2459

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2459) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and others relative to municipal health insurance plans.  Public Service. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 2509 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act regarding municipal health insurance plans.
 

              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 appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following new section:

              Section 20.  Effective July 1, 2011, a governmental unit is authorized to include, as part of the health plans (HMOs, PPOs, indemnity plans) that it offers to its employees and retirees, co-payments, deductibles and tiered provider network co-payments  (or other plan design features) that are no greater in dollar amount than the highest co-payments, deductibles and tiered provider network co-payments (or other plan design features) provided in any of the same class (HMOs, PPOs, indemnity plans) of health plans offered by the Group Insurance Commission pursuant to G.L. c. 32A.   For purposes of this section, a “Point of Service” plan offered by a governmental unit shall be considered to fall within the PPO class.

              The above authorized dollar amounts for co-payments, deductibles and tiered provider network co-payments (or other plan design features) shall be increased whenever the Group Insurance Commission increases the dollar amount of co-payments and/or deductibles and/or tiered provider network co-payments (or other plan design features) on the health plans that it offers.

              A governmental unit may include in its health plans co-payments, deductibles and tiered provider network co-payments (or other plan design features) up to the above-referenced amounts without bargaining pursuant to either Chapter 150E or Section 19 of Chapter 32B concerning the decision to do so or the impact of the decision.

              Nothing herein shall prohibit a governmental unit from including in its health plans higher co-payments, deductibles or tiered provider network co-payments (or other plan design features) than those authorized by the preceding paragraphs of this section; but such higher co-payments, deductibles or tiered provider network co-payments (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.

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