AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE HEALTH INSURANCE OF ACTIVE AND RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF THE TOWN OF PLYMOUTH.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Notwithstanding any general or special law to the
contrary, any employee who retired or will retire from the service of the town
of Plymouth after February 26, 1998 and is enrolled in a health or dental plan
offered by the town as of July 1, 2003 or at least 5 years before their
retirement, their spouse and dependents shall be entitled to receive the same
percentage of premium contribution provided by the town on the date of hire of
the employee, but no greater than 90 per cent, for so long as the retiree
remains continuously enrolled in the benefit plan, notwithstanding any
alteration in health plan premiums by the town.
This act shall apply to all non-union employees who are
eligible for health insurance benefits and to employee groups who agree, within
60 days of the effective date of this act, to an increase in the percentage
paid by active employees to 20 per cent effective July 1, 2003. This act
shall also apply to any employee who is enrolled in a health or dental plan
offered by said town and retired from the service of the town after
1998 but before July 1, 2003.
Employee groups that do not agree, within 60 days of the
effective date of this act, to an increase in the percentage paid by active
employees to 20 per cent effective on July 1, 2003 shall not be guaranteed
the rate of hire percentage contribution upon retirement.
If the commonwealth mandates an increase in the minimum
percentage contribution active employees only shall pay toward their health
insurance, the provisions of this act governing the percentages to be paid by
retires shall not be affected.
This act shall take effect upon its passage.